How to spark citizen-driven innovation


How to spark citizen-driven innovation

WHAT: “Citizen Driven Innovation: A guidebook for city mayors and public administrators” from the World Bank and the European Network of Living Labs.

WHY:  For public sector leaders looking for ways to build innovation through citizen collaboration, open government and partnerships, the guidebook explores the strategies of number of “smart cities”  have used to mobilize resources to respond to urban challenges.

TAKEAWAYS: The guidebook offers a Starter Pack section with concepts, tools and methods serving as a beginner’s guide to implementing similar projects.

The open data section, for example, shows how the Citadel Platform can help a community affordably transform datasets to visuals. With Citadel, users can create applications via easy-to-use templates, view an app catalog and data index, and convert, create, test and publish datasets made usable and public.

So far, American cities working with the company’s program as associates are Ravenna, Ohio; Auburn, Ala.; Holyoke, Mass.; and York, Maine.

As for cloud computing, the European-based FI-WARE platform is listed as an option for a smart city cloud-based infrastructure to support the Internet of Things, open data and big data applications.

An extended list of tools and smart city case studies offers government administrators the structure and forward-thinking examples needed to continue expanding open data, citizen services, cloud and innovation in their communities.

FULL REPORT: Read the guidebook here.  

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

Click here for previous articles by Ms. Ziadeh or connect with her on Twitter: @aziadeh610.

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