New publication: Accelerating the Uptake of Smart City Applications through Cloud Computing

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Smart cities are high on the political agenda around the globe. However, planning smart cities and deploying applications dealing with the complex problems of the urban environment is a very challenging task that is difficult to be undertaken solely by the cities. We argue that the uptake of smart city strategies is facilitated, first, through the development of smart city application repositories allowing re-use of already developed and tested software, and, second, through cloud computing whic...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Thessaloniki case

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Cloud computing has emerged during the last years as a disruptive model, with the ability to transform IT organisations, helping them to become more responsive and agile than ever before. Due to its multiple and significant benefits, cloud computing can particularly help complex organisations such as cities run more efficiently, providing new opportunities and opening up new business models. Cloud computing characteristics are particularly interesting in supporting the provision of Smart City a...
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European Cloud Week & STORM CLOUDS International Conference

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European Cloud Week & STORM CLOUDS International Conference Escuela de Organización Industrial Madrid, December 12-15, 2016 STORM CLOUDS project organises a European Cloud Week on 12-15 December 2016 in Madrid. STORM CLOUDS international Conference will take place in the framework of European Cloud Week, on December 14th, 2016. While STORM CLOUDS is the event’s initiator, the event is designed to be federative. STORM CLOUDS’ project partners have imagined this as an opportunity of g...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Valladolid city case

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In the EU policy towards the creation of a cloud of public services, there has been a lot of effort during the last few years. In September 2012, the European Commission adopted the European Cloud Computing Strategy. The strategy is designed to speed up and increase the use of cloud computing across the economy as the gain in jobs and overall economy indicators is clearly identified (Figure 1). In particular, public sector organizations have much to gain by taking a cloud computing approach to s...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Águeda case

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In the EU policy towards the creation of a cloud of public services, there has been a lot of effort during the last few years. In September 2012, the European Commission adopted the European Cloud Computing Strategy. The strategy is designed to speed up and increase the use of cloud computing across the economy as the gain in jobs and overall economy indicators is clearly identified (Figure 1). In particular, public sector organizations have much to gain by taking a cloud computing approach to s...
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The European Digital Services Hackathon by CloudOpting Project

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CloudOpting Project organises a Hackathon aiming to provide you with the opportunity to explore the project’s cloud platform and to engage with the business model, which would enable you sell and subscribe to services from across Europe. The Hackathon will be held in three different countries and organised as follows: Technical Days: VITA Entrepreneurship Center, Sant Cugat del Valles (Spain): 2nd November, 2016 Corby Business Enterprise Centre, Corby (UK): 9th November, 2016 NetPor...
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Public Services’ Cloud Migration: Best Practices and Guidelines for the involvement of Users and Stakeholders

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In nowadays citizens expect low-cost, high-quality public services. Governments have to take an innovative approach, making sure that services are cost-effective and responsive to people’s needs, while also being flexible and secure. Cloud computing brings these attributes and introduces many benefits. Surfing Towards the Opportunity of Real Migration to Cloud-based public Services (STORM CLOUDS) is a project partially funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program in the ...
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Urban Data Platform by EU Commission

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The Urban Data Platform (http://urban.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) is a joint initiative of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) and the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. It aims to provide access to information on the status and trends of European cities and their surrounding regions. The cities currently included in the Urban Data Platform correspond to the EU-OECD definition: “A city is a local administrative unit where the maj...
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