The Smart Cities project is creating an innovation network between cities and academic partners to develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses in the North Sea Region.

Bremerhaven asks citizens opinion on info-terminals

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Now that in ten locations the outdoor-info-terminals have been equipped with bluetooth-technology, BIS Bremerhaven will begin with the user survey resp. the testing of the terminal architecture, the contents and especially the handling of the bluetooth services at the centrally located terminal location „Hafeninsel“. It is important that the test persons use their personal mobile phones.

City of Edinburgh's website rated the ‘best local authority website in Scotland’

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The City of Edinburgh Council’s new website has become the first local authority website in Scotland to achieve the highest ranking of four stars in the annual SOCITM independent audit. The re-development of the website is one of Edinburgh Council’s Smart Cities pilot projects.

Smart Cities article "Open Linked Data to Inform Policy and Improve Services" published in European Journal of ePractice

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The article "Open Linked Data to Inform Policy and Improve Services", written by Mike Thacker from Porism & esd Toolkit has been published in the European Journal of ePractice nr 12. The European Journal of ePractice is a peer-reviewed online publication on eTransformation.

Workshop Business cases for Wireless Services

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Many cities are planning to implement a WIFI network. During this workshop from Smart Cities, we will highlight a few cases and try to extract the success and fail factors that are driving the business case for wireless netwoorks in urban areas. New developments and business opportunities will be discussed.

Using service lists to manage information & gain customer insight - a Smart Cities workshop

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On Monday 11th April 2011 Smart Cities and the esd-toolkit will host a workshop on the use of service lists to manage information in municipalities at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London, England.

Understanding e-government in Bremerhaven

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The local e-government environment varies tremendously across the North Sea Region of the EU, with municipal strategies being shaped by very different national, regional and local policy contexts and political and technological agendas. This report summarises the e-government context in Bremerhaven, based on interviews with staff from the city, and identifies factors that they feel shape their local e-government context and their involvement in the Smart Cities project.

Using Personas - a Smart Cities research brief

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When you design a product or any kind of service it is important to know who belongs to your target group. Often clients or suppliers of products or services want to reach out to ‘all’ users, but unfortunately this often results in failure. A product or a service designed for a vague or too broad target group has less chance of success than one based on well-researched and well specified target groups. There are a range of different tools and methods for defining target groups such as interviews, observations, questionnaires etc.: this report describes the Persona method.

Digital information screens in the streets of Kortrijk

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Since the beginning of the month of January 2011, digital information screens have been installed in the town centres of Heule, Marke, Rollegem, Bellegem and at Overleie. The town centres of Bissegem, Aalbeke and Kooigem will follow later. The digital screens supply, for the greater part, local information on all sorts of cultural events in the community centres.

Co-design in Smart Cities - a workshop in Edinburgh

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On April 27th Edinburgh Napier will host a highly interactive workshop for Smart Cities partners to explore approaches to co-design in the project and to see what lessons we have learned about the best way to implement co-design.

Workshop geobased services Oldenburg: presentations online

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On 18 and 19 January 2011 decision-makers from public administrations and representatives from science and business from six countries met in the Oldenburg technology and incubation centre (TGO) to learn about the importance of geographic information systems to improve eServices and Regional Planning exchange. They were invited by the Jade University of Applied Science, member of Smart Cities.

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