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Report – Smart cities: Where’s the ROI?

SmartCitiesWorld Trend Reports examine an emerging or growing trend in smart cities, highlighting progress so far and future potential, as well as spotlighting case studies from cities around the world.

Written by Sue Weekes, News Editor, SmartCitiesWorld, this report examines how smart cities can achieve a three-dimensional return-on-investment that delivers economic, environmental and social benefits.

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Rethinking Smart Futures: Focused on people, enabled by transport, powered by technology

This report draws on a series of five roundtable events that brought together leading thinkers and decision-makers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing cities, transport and infrastructure, today and tomorrow. The report sets out a vision for smart cities, defining the attributes that will characterise the successful ‘˜places’ of the future. It examines the challenges to progress towards this agenda ‘“ the obstacles to overcome. Finally, it proposes an agenda for action ‘“ setting out how different participants can work together, and galvanise themselves and others to seize the opportunities on offer. Continue reading

Faster, Stronger Smart Cities with Location Intelligence

CARTO, a platform to build powerful Location Intelligence apps, published a post summarising the opportunities that the Location Intelligence technologies and solutions offer to Smart Cities. From disaster relief and health services to traffic optimisation and more, Location Intelligence is making cities not just smarter, but stronger and faster. As distinctly spatial entities, cities uniquely benefit from a deeper understanding of ‘˜where’ .   Continue reading

Open Government Data Report – Enhancing Policy Maturity for Sustainable Impact

Τhis report provides an overview of the state of open data policies across OECD member and partner countries, based on data collected through the OECD Open Government Data survey (2013, 2014, 2016/17), country reviews and comparative analysis. The report analyses open data policies using an analytical framework that is in line with the OECD OUR data Index and the International Open Data Charter. It assesses governments’ efforts to enhance the availability, accessibility and re-use of open government data.
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Book: The Future Computed – Artificial Intelligence and its role in society

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? Continue reading

Digital Platforms for facilitating access to Research Infrastructures

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. Continue reading