The UN’s prediction that, by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in megacities, means that smart technologies can play a key role in reducing the pressures and impact of overcrowding.
This chapter develops a research agenda for big and open data in smart cities on the basis of a thorough literature discussion of Actor Network Theory and the key concepts of urban governance and complexity. It sheds light on the challenges that emerge from the intensified interactions between the social and the physical aspects of urban dynamics in the smart city.
Ricardo Matheus, Marijn Janssen and Devender Maheshwari (2018) have recently published an article entitled “Data science empowering the public: Data-driven dashboards for transparent and accountable decision-making in smart cities” regarding the benefits of using data-driven dashboards for the governance of smart cities. According to their research, there are significant challenges that have to be considered when designing dashboards. They suggest a set of principles that can guide the design process in order to make the decision-making process more transparent and trustful.
The article “Visualizing the Impacts of Movement Infrastructures on Social Inclusion: Graph-Based Methods for Observing Community Formations in Contrasting Geographic Contexts” explores innovative methods for observing the impacts of roads, junctions and pathways on social inclusion. It is an open access paper, published by researchers of the University College London (UCL).
The 2017 Smart Cities Index, published by Stockholm-based smart parking service Easypark, ranks the top 100 smart cities around the world along 19 factors related to smart city technology such as public transport, clean energy, citizen participation, urban planning, smartphone penetration or living standard. The top smart city was Copenhagen, while the top five also included Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich and Boston.
The current paper by Moreno et al. (2016) attempts to analyze the interest of big data for smart cities through the presentation of some applications in two scenarios. The first scenario deals with large volumes of heterogeneous information for use in smart building applications and the second one is centered on the public tram service in the city of Murcia, Spain.
The Muni-Expo International urban innovation conference will be held on February 13 and 14 at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. The event is meant to highlight smart city technologies, and will draw more than 80 municipal delegations from around the world. The high interest in the event is taken as a sign of international attention focusing on Israel’s progress.