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Smart Cities and the Future Internet: Towards Cooperation Frameworks for Open Innovation

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Cities nowadays face complex challenges to meet objectives regarding socio-economic development and quality of life. The concept of “smart cities” is a response to these challenges. This paper explores “smart cities” as environments of open and user-driven innovation for experimenting and validating Future Internet-enabled services. Based on an analysis of the current landscape of smart city pilot programmes, Future Internet experimentally-driven research and projects in the domain of Living Labs, common resources regarding research and innovation can be identified that can be shared in open innovation environments. Effectively sharing these common resources for the purpose of establishing urban and regional innovation ecosystems requires sustainable partnerships and cooperation strategies among the main stakeholders.


  • Smart Cities
  • Future Internet
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation Ecosystems
  • User Co-Creation
  • Living Labs
  • Resource Sharing


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Schaffers, H., Komninos, N., Pallot, M., Trousse, B., Nilsson, M., Oliveira, A. (2011). Smart Cities and the Future Internet: Towards Cooperation Frameworks for Open Innovation. In: , et al. The Future Internet. FIA 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6656. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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