STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Águeda case

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

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

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

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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Veria City Public Services move on the Cloud

One more City adopts Storm Clouds applications preparing its public services’ migration to the Cloud. Veria is a historical city in northern Greece, located 511 kilometres north-northwest of the capital Athens and 73 km west-southwest of Thessaloniki. The population within the administrative unit “Municipality of Veria” includes 66,547 inhabitants. As an important historical city, Veria, first mentioned in the writings of Thucydides in 432 BC, there is evidence that it was populated as early ...
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Economic and policy issues of cloud computing: a report of European Parliament

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The European Parliament Research Service published an in-depth analysis on cloud computing. The European Commission has provided support to research in cloud computing as it considers cloud computing central to the EU’s competitiveness and a key to economic growth and innovation. The European Commission considers cloud computing central to the EU's competitiveness and a key to economic growth and innovation. As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the Commission has a European Cloud init...
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The economy of cloud: How cloud helps governments drive economic vitality

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Central and local governments worldwide are adapting to powerful demographic, environmental and fiscal trends. Today’s nations, regions and cities must compete to attract new residents, businesses and visitors by offering a high quality of life, efficient services and a vibrant economic climate. And they struggle to do this in an environment characterized by change, risk and the need for rapid decision making. In particular, governments are grappling with the effects of three global shifts: urba...
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