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From Online to Ubiquitous Cities: The Technical Transformation of Virtual Communities

  • Leonidas Anthopoulos
  • Panos Fitsilis
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 26)

Abstract

Various digital city projects, from the online cases (e.g. the America on Line) to the ubiquitous cities of South Korea, have achieved in creating technically ‘physical’ areas for the virtual communities, which share knowledge of common interest. Moreover, digital cities can succeed in simplifying citizen access to public information and services. Early digital cities deliver ‘smart’ and social services to citizens even with no digital skills, closing digital divide and establishing digital areas of trust in local communities. This paper presents the evolution of the digital cities, from the web to the ubiquitous architecture. It uses the latest digital city architecture and the current conditions of the digital city of Trikala (Greece), in order to present the evolution procedure of a digital city.

Keywords

e-Government digital city ubiquitous city e-democracy virtual communities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonidas Anthopoulos
    • 1
  • Panos Fitsilis
    • 2
  1. 1.Expert Counselor, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign AffairsAthensGreece
  2. 2.Project Management Dept, TEI LarissaLarissaGreece

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