New project: SmartCities

I’m starting on a new project – SmartCities[1] – which is aimed at creating a community of practise between cities in the North Sea region, linking academics, business development agencies and city governments. ie What are cities in mature economies planning to do with their e-services, and how can their share their knowledge?

This gives a new theme for my links, starting with these:

One of the partners in City of Edinburgh Council:

Actually, I’m finding that much of the stuff I’ve found in my trawling around over the last year or tow is relevant, so I’ve also gone back and marked them with the ‘project:smartcities‘ tag over at del.icio.us.

Implicit in SmartCities are ideas around identity management, privacy and security, and use of Web2.0 and web services generally, so hang on in there – I’m not going away!

[1] Not the first time that ‘SmartCities’ has been used as a name for a project or a service, which could make things confusing…

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information management, politics, society, ICT, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and together with my lovely wife bringing up a boy and cat.
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2 Responses to New project: SmartCities

  1. Bengt Feil says:

    Sound pretty interesting.

    Maybe some of the cities involved would also be interested in joining PEP-NET (www.pep-net.eu) to further work in the field on eParticipation and eDemocracy in general.

  2. Peter says:

    That’s a good thought! There are definitely areas of overlap between what the cities are doing and e-participation. I guess the main issue is to present the cities with a useful resource/community of practise.

    I’ll be at e-Democracy ’08 on Novermber 11 – maybe we can discuss the options there if you’re around?

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