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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5(2), 16;

Opening up Smart Cities: Citizen-Centric Challenges and Opportunities from GIScience

Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster, Heisenbergstrasse 2, 48161 Muenster, Germany
Institute of New Imaging Technologies, Universitat Jaume I, Av. Vicente Sos Baynat s/n, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
NOVA IMS Information Management School, University Nova Lisboa, 1070-312 Lisbon, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Jochen Schiewe and Wolfgang Kainz
Received: 13 November 2015 / Revised: 29 January 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 17 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geo-Information Fostering Innovative Solutions for Smart Cities)
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The holy grail of smart cities is an integrated, sustainable approach to improve the efficiency of the city’s operations and the quality of life of citizens. At the heart of this vision is the citizen, who is the primary beneficiary of smart city initiatives, either directly or indirectly. Despite the recent surge of research and smart cities initiatives in practice, there are still a number of challenges to overcome in realizing this vision. This position paper points out six citizen-related challenges: the engagement of citizens, the improvement of citizens’ data literacy, the pairing of quantitative and qualitative data, the need for open standards, the development of personal services, and the development of persuasive interfaces. The article furthermore advocates the use of methods and techniques from GIScience to tackle these challenges, and presents the concept of an Open City Toolkit as a way of transferring insights and solutions from GIScience to smart cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: GIScience; smart cities; open data; citizen-centric challenges; citizen participation; maps GIScience; smart cities; open data; citizen-centric challenges; citizen participation; maps

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Degbelo, A.; Granell, C.; Trilles, S.; Bhattacharya, D.; Casteleyn, S.; Kray, C. Opening up Smart Cities: Citizen-Centric Challenges and Opportunities from GIScience. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5, 16.

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