Openness: A Key Factor for Smart Cities

Handbook of Smart Cities

By Simge Özdal Oktay, Sergio Trilles Oliver, Albert Acedo, Fernando Benitez-Paez, Shivam Gupta, Christian Kray

January 8, 2021



Smart cities incorporate a variety of technologies into the urban fabric and provide services based on these technologies, different types of data, and its analysis. How these technologies, services, data, and analyses are designed and governed has far-reaching implications for how a smart city operates and how its citizens experience it. Proprietary technologies, opaque analyses, and closed data can have a negative impact on acceptance, inclusion, sovereignty, and innovation. Conversely, opening up data and analysis as well as facilitating easy access and interoperability have the potential to positively affect these factors. In this chapter, the concept of openness in the context of smart cities is introduced. The concept describes on multiple levels how open (or closed) a city is. Openness in smart cities incorporates three key dimensions – transparency, participation, and collaboration – which affect various domains such as data processing or service provision. Using examples from ongoing and previous research, this chapter also discusses how to realize openness in practice and what benefits and drawbacks can result from different degrees of openness. Based on these considerations, a number of key issues are highlighted that are important to take into account in the design of smart cities and in the transformation process towards a sustainable, smart, and open city.

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Özdal Oktay, S., Oliver, S. T., Acedo, A., Benitez-Paez, F., Gupta, S., & Kray, C. (2020). Openness: A Key Factor for Smart Cities. In J. C. Augusto (Ed.), Handbook of Smart Cities (pp. 1–32). Springer International Publishing.

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January 8, 2021
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