Urenio Watch Watch: Intelligent Cities / Smart Cities

Paper_The impacts of open data initiatives on smart cities: A framework for evaluation and monitoring

The purpose of this study is to address the gap that exists in literature on the impact evaluation of open data initiatives on the context of smart cities. The authors aim at evaluating open data initiatives’ impacts to understand further the conception and improvement of open data policies to tackle smart cities’ sustainable development. They propose a theoretical framework. Continue reading

Paper_Classifying Pathways for Smart City Development

This paper examines different approaches to smart city development that reflect different ways in which cities are governed, and different pathways urban governments take to become smart. The main research question is: When comparing a selection of smart city projects, how can pathways for their implementation be classified? By using a comparative case study research design the present study mapped how different design choices of smart cities play out in their implementation and governance. The authors analyse four cases: Smart Dubai, Masdar City, Barcelona Smart City, and Amsterdam Smart City. Continue reading

New Paper_ A Survey of Enabling Technologies for Smart Communities

Motivated by the challenges of implementing the recently-proposed Society 5.0, the main contribution of this paper is to propose a sustainable human-centric Smart Community built around a Marketplace of Services. The first main goal of this survey is to suggest an implementation path of Society 5.0, which is currently missing. The second objective and contribution is to review known technologies that are expected to play a significant role in the transition to Society 5.0. Continue reading

SocialBlock_Decentralized user-centric data management applications in the context of smart cities

This paper proposes an architecture for decentralized user-centric data management applications for communications in smart cities. The solution proposed tackles some of the typical problems that affect centralized systems, related to the ownership, exploitation, management, and storage of data. A proof-of concept is presented, which demonstrates the feasibility of the proposal on an empirical basis. The proof-of-concept is implemented using Ethereum and IPFS as key tools. Continue reading

COVID Community Data Lab_ Project on Data Analysis towards Inclusive Recovery

“COVID Community Data Lab” is a research project focused on the analysis of data that can support an equitable recovery amid the 2020 pandemic in the US context. The project gathers and analyses data from creative sources and exposes the inequalities that Boston communities face as a result of COVID19. Continue reading