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    Value Creation through Urban Data Platforms: A Conceptual Framework
    ( 2021-01-05) Bagheri, Samaneh ; Brandt, Tobias ; Sheombar, Haydee ; Van Oosterhout, Marcel
    In the context of smart cities, data-driven innovation and digital transformation have received increasing attention from practitioners and academics. The data-centric nature of smart city transformations highlights the essential role of urban data platform (UDP) to manage large and heterogeneous urban data sets and to facilitate interaction among data providers and users in a city ecosystem. To realize value creation through UDP, a comprehensive understanding of the key UDP dimensions and how they influence UDP adoption, use, and value creation are required. For this purpose, we first identify key UDP dimensions through a literature review. Second, by exploring and discussing their relationships with an expert panel, we develop a framework for understanding value creation through UDPs. By identifying key dimensions of UDP and their effects on value creation through UDP, the proposed framework provides a systematic and comprehensive approach for understanding UDP adoption, use, and value creation. Thereby, this study helps city policymakers and business developers in realizing value from UDPs in city ecosystems
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    Towards Interoperability of Smart City Data Platforms
    ( 2021-01-05) Buchinger, Matthias ; Kuhn, Peter ; Kalogeropoulos, Anastasios ; Balta, Dian
    We present a comprehensive analysis of the literature on interoperability of smart city data platforms in an attempt to conceptualize interoperability approaches. To this end, we propose a taxonomy of said approaches based on four dimensions with three characteristics each. The taxonomy can be used to classify interoperability approaches. We discuss implications for theory and practice and conclude with a first assessment of individual approaches towards their prospect of success.
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    Smart Community and Social Resilience: Reflection on the COVID-19 Pandemic
    ( 2021-01-05) Chan, Calvin ; Qiu, Dong ; Tan, Felix
    This paper presents a study on how smart community in Singapore functioned to generate social resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. As conventional community can no longer function amid social distancing and lockdown regulation, smart community began to fill the void that is left behind. The study demonstrated how smart community generated each of the six attributes of social resilience, which has greater importance given the disruption and distress brought about by the pandemic. The analysis revealed how smart community can function to not only maintain but also enhance social resilience. Implications of this study is then presented, with greater emphasis given to future research direction given the embryonic state of this research area. Considering the increasing need for smart community in the new normal of a post COVID-19 world, further research into how smart community may contribute to the social resilience of the community will be needed.
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    Interdisciplinarity in Smart Sustainable City education: exploring educational offerings and competencies worldwide
    ( 2021-01-05) Ciesielska, Magdalena ; Rizun, Nina ; Janowski, Tomasz
    More and more higher education institutions are offering specialized study programs for current and future managers of Smart Sustainable Cities (SSCs). In the process, they try to reconcile the interdisciplinary nature of such studies, covering at least the technical and social aspects of SSC management, with their own traditionally discipline-based organization. However, there is little guidance on how such interdisciplinarity should be introduced. In order to address this gap, this paper identifies 87 SSC-related study programs from around the world and analyzes their disciplinary and interdisciplinary coverage. The analysis classifies programs and competencies, the former using text mining and clustering algorithms, the latter using Bloom’s taxonomy and correlation analysis.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Smart and Connected Cities and Communities
    ( 2021-01-05) Gasco-Hernandez, Mila ; Rodríguez Bolívar, Manuel Pedro ; Viale Pereira, Gabriela ; Pardo, Theresa