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”.
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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).
The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017-2019. It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.
The Digital Cities Challenge is a tailored programme of coaching and facilitation launched by the European Commission to help cities develop and implement digital policies that can transform day to day life for residents, businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs. The challenge intends to give city leaders and key stakeholders access to high-level experts with local and international experience in designing and implementing digital transformation strategies, free of charge and in their local language for 14-18 months to achieve their goals for improving their city.
The Commission published on 9 October the 7th Cohesion Report. It zooms in on EU regions and cities, draws lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and sets the scene for cohesion policy after 2020.
This report fulfils two requirements: 1) It reports on how cohesion has evolved in EU regions over the recent past and assesses the impact on this of national policies, cohesion policy and other EU policies as required by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 2) It reviews the measures linking the effectiveness of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to sound economic governance, as required by the Regulation on Common Provisions with regard to the Structural Funds.
MetroLab Network in USA, includes 41 cities, 4 counties, and 55 universities, organized in more than 35 regional city-university partnerships. Partners focus on research, development, and deployment (RD&D) projects that offer technological and analytically-based solutions to challenges facing urban areas including: inequality in income, health, mobility, security and opportunity; aging infrastructure; and environmental sustainability and resiliency.