In the year 2012 the Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities of UCLG carried out an international research on the situation of the ICTs, Innovation and Knowledge in the cities (“Smart Cities Study”). As continuation of this work, we want to perform a new research in the present situation and the opportunities given by the ICTs and the support to innovation and the advance in knowledge for the development of the cities and their transformation in “smart cities”.
The goals of this new research include a description of the present situation and the opportunities of these fields at a local level; an identification of the key elements that can turn out to be either a brake or facilitators of the development and the identification of good practices that can serve as reference for other cities to progress in the concept of “Smart City”.
The research is conceived as a global cross-cutting approach from the different levers where the growth and transformation potential for a city lie. In order to achieve this goal, 3 big fields have been defined, that would characterise a Smart City and should include the following aspects: