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Smart Cities Study: ICT, innovation and knowledge

Posted by Nicos Komninos at 1 January 2013 in Intelligent / Smart Cities Strategies

The Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities (CDC) of UCLG published the “Smart Cities Study: International study on the situation of ICT, innovation and knowledge in cities”.  The study focuses on recent development in information and communication technologies, innovation and knowledge in 28 cities from all over the world. It is a follow-up of  the II World Summit of Local Authorities on the Information Society held in 2005 in Bilbao to support information society actions in their territories.

The study describes smart cities as a new model of city that seeks to become more livable, functional, competitive and modern through the use of new technologies, the promotion of innovation and the management knowledge. It is an “holistic” vision of Smart City, which brings together 6 key areas of performance that affect the development of cities: economy, people, governance, mobility, environment and quality of life. However, it is not about a ranking of cities.

The study provides a reference document for UCLG members and shows the progress made with regard to ICT, innovation and knowledge, in each of the previously mentioned Areas. It offers also good practice and experience that will help to boost knowledge exchange and sharing between cities.

The aim of the CDC is to create an efficient network of cooperation integrated by Local Authorities to take advantage of the opportunities that the new information and communication technologies (ICT), innovation and knowledge bring, and to share, assimilate and adapt them to local needs, and create new opportunities for all the cities and municipalities.

Download: CDC-UCLG-Smart Cities Study_en

Source: Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities – UCLG
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