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SMART CITIZENS: SMART CITIES FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW

Dursun Yıldırım Bayar

(Submission #296)


Abstract

Smart city is the habitat for the information society. In the last four decades, demand for accessing to information has arisen as evolution of information and communication technologies accelerated rapidly. Besides, engagement and interest of citizens to the management of cities increased coordinately and smartly.

Human is the extent of everything as it was already discussed mentioned in the ancient eras. Thus, many cities were also smart where urban facilities were located near to a water body in order to provide mobility and other necessities of the citizens of ancient cities. There was not a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) applied but smart citizens made decisions and civilized. Today, humans have many smart assets spread in the cities. Moreover these assets can be easily related to many functions, also by the help of SDI, so as the new assets are also being managed by smart citizens.

Thanks to Spatial Data Infrastructure and INSPIRE, we have models for sharing spatial data and all information, in case a relation is established with other smart city instruments at the present. Citizens demand more information, social and economic benefits and technological assets as they participate actively to management and the living of their cities. INSPIRE forms a bridge for many smart city applications which also provides dissemination of all linked information. By sharing information, INSPIRE shall be seen as human centric. In this regard, its horizontal impacts also underline the occurrence of today’s smart cities.

The strength of public participation and active dissemination of information would be arguable for previous centuries but should be handled on its own conjuncture. Current efforts are defining smart cities by developing citizen centric applications. Citizens have been always demanding information and other urban facilities as supply of these services collaborate with the indicators of smart city. Human is the extent, but supply is limited to many factors lead by social economy of the occurrence of the city. It is often foreseen that application of technological assets in a city make it smart, however many other social and economic factors form the smart city by involving the terms of governance, citizen participation and active dissemination of information with transparency. The human centric definition of a smart city shall take forward these terms, as mentioned terms have always succeeded by making the settlements and its management smarter throughout the history.

Categories

Topic Area:  [1.5] Public participation and active dissemination of information – citizen science
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

 
Comments:   Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, INSPIRE, Participation, Governance


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