NESTA just published its annual predictions for 2019. One of them refers to one of the global races which might be on to build ‘City Brains’. According the post the concept of a “smart city” has been around for several decades, often associated with hype, grandiose failures, and an overemphasis on hardware rather than people. NESTA points out that various technologies are now coming of age which bring the vision of a smart city closer to fruition. China is described to be in the forefront, investing heavily in sensors and infrastructures, and its ET City Brain project shows just how far the country’s thinking has progressed.
OECD Regions and Cities at a Glance shows how regions and cities are progressing toward stronger economies, better lives for people, and more inclusive societies. The report provides a comparative picture of trends in economic growth, productivity and entrepreneurship across regions and metropolitan areas. It also assesses how people’s well-being is changing across regions, both within and across countries, including progress on closing gender gaps.
The article “Developing innovation portfolios for the public sector: Portfolios for public good” by Holden A., Cassidy J., Hallberg K. and Marsh W. published on Deloitte Insights examines how can a public sector organization reap the rewards of investing in truly transformational innovation efforts while mitigating the accompanying risks. In the article is argued that the answer could lie in managing innovation as a portfolio of investments that balances risk and reward.
The Commission’s 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard, published on 22nd of June 2018, shows that the EU’s innovation performance continues to improve, but further efforts are needed to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness.
In a latest article published in Engadget, by Nick Summers, a smart city project that is under development in Toronto Canada is presented. According the author the project started with an email sent by Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chairman, to Dan Doctoroff, of SideWalks, in 2014, having as subject line “The City of the Future”.
In 2014, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications networks, content and technology (DG CONNECT) launched a reflection around new trends in evidence-informed policy-making, as one important element of Public Sector Modernisation. This report has been prepared in the context of: “Data for Policy: A study of big data and other innovative data – driven approaches for evidence – informed policymaking” The Data4Policy study was completed in 2016.
European Commission and DG Research & Innovation Communications announced yesterday the launch of the Horizon 2020 Dashboard on the Participant Portal. This novel view on Horizon 2020 implementation data provides powerful analytical functions, with new opportunities for programme reporting, impact analysis, preparing feedback to policy making and decision making on future priorities. All data can be viewed and analysed in aggregated form but also detailed views on individual calls, topics, countries, organisation types etc. are possible, down to the level of individual projects and beneficiaries (including links to the individual project pages on CORDIS).