The consortium is an inter- and trans-disciplinary project team: 3 universities, 3 IT service & software engineering companies; 2 pilot cities – which combine different disciplines and knowledge: Danube University Krems (Project Coordinator), Delft University of Technology, Cyprus Univeristy of Technology, Active Solution AG, Interfusion Services Limited, Kenus Informatica, City of Limassol and City of Quart de Poblet.

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The academic partners – Danube University Krems, TU Delft and Cyprus University of Technology – contribute with different research focus to SmartGov:

Danube University Krems is specialized in continuing education and applied research. The Department for E-Governance conducts trans-disciplinary research on the effects of technological advances with regard to strategies, structure and processes in the digital network era. The team will contribute with its knowledge in the domains of E-Governance (E-Administration and Government), E-Democracy (E-Participation and Cooperation), Open Data (Information management and organizational change processes) and Data Protection Rights. Danube University Krems is the Project Coordinator of the SmartGov project.

TUDelft ranks amongst the top universities in the world in the field of technology. SmartGov will be carried out at the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, Department OTB – Research for the Built Environment. OTB specializes in academic research and policy advice in the field of housing, urban studies, sustainable energy and construction, mobility and transport, urban & regional planning, and GIS technology. Delft University of Technology will lead the evidence review for the development of smart urban governance through integration of FCMs, Social Media feeds, and Open Data.

Cyprus University of Technology offers education and high-level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. Cyprus University of Technology is participating with the Software Engineering and Intelligent Information Systems research laboratory. The team will be responsible for developing the FCMs software tool and their interfaces with sources like social networks and linked Open Data.

3 IT service & software engineering companies companies – Active Solution, Interfusion and Kenus Informatica – combine a diverse range of backgrounds for the development, testing and implementation of SmartGov:

Active Solution AG is a leading software and engineering company. The company implements large scale projects for multinational corporations. Its software development team will contribute the expertise for web development, Social Media, GIS, CAD and embedded systems for SmartGov. Their knowledge from FP7 in Social Media and its use in urban governance is essential for carrying out the project.

Interfusion Services Ltd has specific expertise in the field of information technology and socio-humanities. The team supports the project in the important core areas such as e-learning, e-government and policy modelling, and most important: fuzzy cognitive modelling. Interfusion‘s major involvement in the SmartGov project will be within the development of the Fuzzy Cognitive Map software tool and its interfaces, as well as the realization of the piloting.

Kenus Informatica S. L. as an IT service company provides know-how in delivering IT services for city councils and other governmental organizations. Kenus will support the project through designing and validating the FCM interfaces. The team will support the technical training and will create according training material to all pilot cities (Limassol and Quart de Poblet) and the supporting cities (Vienna and Amsterdam), as well as first-level support to these cities.

Two pilot cities are in the consortium, in which the FCM tolls will be tested and implemented:

Limassol (Cyprus) already participated in various projects dealing with local energy leadership (SUSREG [2], CONURBANT [3]) and with energy efficiency (FIESTA [4]). In the context of SmartGov Limassol will tackle organizational components that hinder resource-efficient governance, both in terms of citizen-municipality interaction and internal communication, moving to a paper-less pro-active governance model. The policy focus in SmartGov will be increasing energy awareness of citizens, employees, and tourists.

Quart de Poblet (Spain) has a leading position among other public institutions in Spain regarding Accessibility and Open Government. Aspects like the availability and access to updated information services about e.g. transport and mobility and infrastructures of the information are considered of high-priority. The focus of Quart de Poblet in SmartGov is to improve information accessibility with regard to transport and mobility.

Further, the project SmartGov is supported by the city of Vienna (Austria) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The supporting cities will co-operate during the project with the aim to strengthen the knowledge base, networking and knowledge exchange function of city government to achieve the common goals in the context of Smart Cities.