The first dissemination event of the Online S3 project was held on March 23rd, 2017 in Brussels and gathered more than 40 participants from regional administrations, EU institutions, research organisations, consultancies and other relevant stakeholder groups. The aim of the workshop was to showcase the findings of the EU wide mapping of methods used by regional and national partnerships to develop Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).
Archive for 2018
Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria last September, the worst natural disaster ever recorded in the island. The damage was considerable, and, as Puerto Rico recovers, it partnered with the Smart Cities Council in order to rebuild its infrastructure with the inclusion of several cutting-edge technologies.
We are nearing the point where the term Smart City will cease to be a buzzword and become a reality for many people living in the most progressive conurbation. 2018 will be the year of the smart city, and their impact in making everyday living greener and healthier is getting more and more noticeable.
Microsoft released a new book, The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides company’s perspective on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised. The book tries to answer tough questions such as: How do we ensure that AI is designed and used responsibly? How do we establish ethical principles to protect people? How should we govern its use? And how will AI impact employment and jobs?
Shared research infrastructures are playing an increasingly important role in most scientific fields and represent a significant proportion of the total public investment in science. This report, published by OECD, includes an analysis of eight case studies of digital platforms that collate information and provide services to promote broader access to, and more effective use of, research infrastructures. Although there is considerable variety amongst the cases, a number of key issues are identified that can help guide policy-makers, funders, institutions and managers, who are interested in developing or contributing to such platforms.
In this guide, published by GovLoop, you’ll find examples across six areas – cloud computing, cybersecurity, digital customer service, IT modernization, procurement and workforce – of programs, leaders, technologies and more that are truly changing the face of government in the US. In an era of increasing cyber-threats, workforce changes and uncertainty, these innovations are better serving citizens, creating efficiencies, doing more with less and helping communities.
Black & Veatch just released 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report. The report explores the current landscape of smart city efforts, as 2017 marked an inflection point for initiatives around the world. The report finds that Big Data’s potential to improve community quality of life while making critical human infrastructure more efficient and sustainable is overcoming lingering fears about costs. Bold advances in data analytics, electric transportation and next-generation communications systems are propelling smart city development, while creative financing strategies challenge old notions about massive upfront investments.