Living in EU feed https://living-in.eu/ en Call for action: Help shape the future interoperability assessment guidelines​! https://living-in.eu/news/call-action-help-shape-future-interoperability-assessment-guidelines <span>Call for action: Help shape the future interoperability assessment guidelines​! </span> <span><span>Mario Restuccia</span></span> <span>12 February 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Starting from the beginning of 2025, the upcoming <a href="https://commission.europa.eu/system/files/2022-11/com2022720_0.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interoperable Europe Act</a> introduces mandatory interoperability assessments for the digital public services of European public administrations involving cross-border data exchange. This requirement (set out in Article 3 of the <a href="https://commission.europa.eu/system/files/2022-11/com2022720_0.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Act proposal</a>) will be applicable for the EU institutions, EU Member States, as well as for public administrations at the regional and local level. </p> <p>The Interoperability assessments are crucial instruments in order to discover efficient ways towards more cross-border interoperability among European public administrations​, to test if decisions can be digitally implemented​, and to reduce administrative burden and save time for citizens.​ Preparatory work for the drafting of the guidelines for these important assessments has already started with the goal to create good assessment practices that bring the most benefits and the least of burden to public administrations.   </p> <p>For this reason, public administrations in the EU will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of these guidelines by participating in a pilot phase organised by Interoperable Europe.   </p> <p>The test guidelines of the pilot phase aim to help the assessment of the European interoperability of your cross-border data exchanging digital public services, and to communicate the first experiences, the needs, daily realities and concrete cases that result from it. This feedback will be of great value to the Commission and will help to define the eventual assessment guidelines to develop the most efficient assessment tools that are to be adopted by the Interoperable Europe board – once established later this year.</p> <p><strong>You can indicate your interest by clicking on the following </strong><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/IopAssessmentPilot" rel="nofollow"><strong>EU-survey</strong></a><strong>.  </strong></p> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Preliminary planning outlines the following time schedule: </strong></h3> <p>Deadline for signalling your interest: 20 March 2024. </p> <p>Start of pilot performance: Beginning of April 2024. </p> <p>Sharing the results of the assessment together with feedback about the piloting exercise: The latest by the end of May 2024.</p></div> Mon, 12 Feb 2024 14:58:47 +0000 Mario Restuccia 759 at https://living-in.eu Driving the climate transition with digital tools and local digital twins https://living-in.eu/news/driving-climate-transition-digital-tools-and-local-digital-twins <span>Driving the climate transition with digital tools and local digital twins</span> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>2 February 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the quest for climate neutrality, cities wield significant influence, accounting for a significant share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and having a direct impact on the well-being of their residents. As Europe strives to achieve the Green Deal's target of reducing emissions by 55% by 2030,cities are emerging as key players, leveraging innovative approaches and digital technologies to drive the transition towards a sustainable future.</p> <h3><strong>Mission Cities</strong></h3> <p> At the forefront of this movement is the Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission, a collaborative initiative supported by the <a href="https://netzerocities.eu/" rel="nofollow">NetZeroCities</a> project, aimed at delivering 100 (+12) climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030. This mission not only sets ambitious targets but also establishes these cities as hubs for experimentation and innovation, paving the way for broader European adoption by 2050.</p> <p>The Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission represents a crucial step towards achieving cities’ climate goals. By integrating digital technologies and local digital twins, cities can unlock new opportunities for sustainable growth and innovation.</p> <h3><strong>The twin transition</strong></h3> <p>One of the fundamental principles underpinning this mission is the recognition that the green and digital transitions are mutually reinforcing. As cities work towards their climate and environmental goals, digital technologies play a catalytic role in driving the green transition forward. Digital tools prove instrumental for cities to provide cleaner air, safer transport, and reduce congestion and noise.</p> <p>From monitoring and tracking emissions to simulation and forecasting, digital technologies provide precise insights and enable informed decision-making. They enable cities to monitor environmental parameters in real-time, responding quickly to emerging challenges.</p> <p>Simulation and forecasting  improve efficiency and promote sustainable practices by anticipating wear and identifying opportunities for repair and upgrade. Virtualisation, including e-books and video conferences, contributes to reducing environmental impact by promoting dematerialisation, while information and communication technologies empower consumers to make sustainable choices.</p> <h3><strong>Cities are taking action</strong></h3> <p>Innovative approaches are shaping urban landscapes across Europe. From Barcelona to Rotterdam, cities are implementing strategies that leverage digital twins and other digital tools to achieve sustainability goals while enhancing urban livability.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.bsc.es/news/bsc-news/barcelona-tests-digital-twin-developed-bsc-if-it-15-minute-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, the first phase of development of their digital twin aimed to assess the city's compliance with service provision and facilitate the transition towards a 15-minute city concept. The <a href="https://pareyesv-streamlit-city-coverage-appmain-9dncwf.streamlit.app/" rel="nofollow">platform</a>, spearheaded by the Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), demonstrates a proactive approach towards enhancing urban connectivity and sustainability.</p> <p>Similarly, in <a href="https://www.comune.bologna.it/myportal/C_A944/api/content/download?id=65096e0068f9d30099e05a03" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bologna</a>, efforts are underway to develop a local digital twin to address contemporary challenges and drive concrete change. By leveraging data and knowledge, the city aims to tackle environmental, economic, and social challenges while fostering responsive territorial governance.</p> <p><a href="https://kartta.hel.fi/3d/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki</a> stands out for its pioneering work in building a 3D city model and digital twin, enabling advanced analyses and simulations to optimise solutions. The model hosts the <a href="https://kartta.hel.fi/3d/atlas/" rel="nofollow">Energy and Climate Atlas</a> provides information about the building stock and the emissions reduction potential in heating.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Rotterdam's Roadmap Next Economy and the Ruggedised project are transforming large districts of the Dutch city into low-carbon, resource-efficient areas through smart integration of energy systems and the development of a 3D city operations platform. These initiatives, driven by the city's commitment to sustainability, showcase the transformative potential of digital technologies in building resilient and sustainable cities.</p> <p>In Amsterdam, the 3D city operations platform facilitates real-time monitoring and communication of energy usage.</p> <p>As Europe embarks on its journey towards climate neutrality, cities serve as testbeds for innovative solutions. The Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission, underpinned by digital innovation, marks a paradigm shift in urban sustainability</p></div> Fri, 02 Feb 2024 10:58:55 +0000 Lucia Garrido 751 at https://living-in.eu BDTI: an opportunity for public administrations to experiment with data for free https://living-in.eu/news/bdti-opportunity-public-administrations-experiment-data-free <span>BDTI: an opportunity for public administrations to experiment with data for free</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Big Data Test Infrastructure</h2></div> <span><span>Genoveva Gil</span></span> <span>29 January 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Big Data Test Infrastructure (<a href="https://big-data-test-infrastructure.ec.europa.eu/index_en" rel="nofollow">BDTI</a>) provides a ready-to-use, free of charge cloud-based analytics test environment for Public Administrations in the European Member States to experiment with open-source tools and to prototype solutions before deploying them in the production environment on their own premises. Any Public Administration at any level can request to use BDTI to perform analysis and experiments on their public sector information, for a period of six months, completely for free. The test environment provided by the BDTI consists of several open-source solutions, data sources and the required cloud infrastructure that includes the virtual machines, analytics clusters, storage facilities and networking facilities. BDTI offers the opportunity of starting to get insights from PAs public information, understanding how they can move towards data-driven decision making.</p> <p>BDTI was created by the European Commission in 2019 and is funded by the Digital Europe Programme (DEP).</p> <p>As part of their resources, they have recently launched the following course: "Enabling a Data-informed Public Sector: An Introductory Course to BDTI Essentials." The course is primarily designed for professionals and students in the public sector, academics, and citizens, though its insights into data analytics and utilisation of open-source tools are valuable for a wide range of audiences.</p> <p>This free course taught in English is centred around a highly practical use case: Analysing green project funding and initiatives in highly polluted EU regions, using open data from <a href="http://data.europa.eu/" rel="nofollow">data.europa.eu</a> and other open sources. It comprehensively introduces <a href="https://big-data-test-infrastructure.ec.europa.eu/index_en" rel="nofollow">Big Data Test Infrastructure</a> (BDTI), covering essential topics like<strong> </strong>data access, cleaning, analytics, and visualisation. </p> <p>Participating in this course will prepare individuals to build their own data use cases. After this course, they will be ready to apply for BDTI and build a public sector data use case using the platform. It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in data-driven decision-making and public-sector innovation.</p> <p>We encourage all interested professionals, students, and public servants to register for this free course. For more information and registration details, <a href="https://big-data-test-infrastructure.ec.europa.eu/resources/courses-and-training/bdti-essentials-course_en" title="https://big-data-test-infrastructure.ec.europa.eu/resources/courses-and-training/bdti-essentials-course_en&#10;Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link" rel="nofollow">visit their course page</a>, or <a href="https://living-in.eu/events" rel="nofollow">Living-in.EU events page</a>.</p> <p><br />  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> Mon, 29 Jan 2024 15:41:18 +0000 Genoveva Gil 748 at https://living-in.eu Kick-off of the Smart Communities Network https://living-in.eu/news/kick-smart-communities-network <span>Kick-off of the Smart Communities Network</span> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>29 January 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On January 16, 2024, the Smart Communities Network, a coalition of associations representing cities and municipalities in EU member states, held its first online meeting. This meeting marked the beginning of a collaborative journey towards digital transformation and community development. The Network has welcomed the first associations selected.</p> <p>During the meeting, the European Commission outlined the purpose of this Smart Communities Network. It is part of the first phase of the <a href="https://living-in.eu/partnerships/local-digital-twins-procurement-helpdesk-service-digital-toolbox" rel="nofollow">Local Digital Twins toolbox project</a>, which aims to integrate local communities into the EU's digital transition efforts, recognising the essential role of municipalities in this digital era.</p> <p>The Open &amp; Agile Smart Cities Network, leading the set-up of the network, introduced the partners involved in the network, to help raise awareness about digitalisation in the EU. </p> <p>Serendipity, the partner leading the work on dissemination and training events, provided insights into the network's mission. Their plan involves each association hosting two sessions in their respective countries. These sessions will educate cities and municipalities about crucial EU digital topics, and immerse them in practical digital tools, services, and projects, equipping them to embark on their digital transformation journeys. </p> <p>In the months to come, network members will meet four times between June 2024 and September 2025. These sessions will serve as platforms for knowledge-sharing, allowing members to exchange valuable insights on their strategies for the two national digitalisation sessions. Network members will collaborate closely with project partners to effectively organise the dissemination and training sessions. They will actively seek new members from EU countries not yet included in the network. Members of the Network will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, formalising their cooperation with the European Commission </p> <p>With strong commitment and a lot of expertise, this Smart Communities Network will bring meaningful change to cities and local communities in the EU in the digital age. </p> <p>Make a note of Monday, June 3, 2024, as the next online meet-up for network members. It's an opportunity not to be missed. </p></div> Mon, 29 Jan 2024 08:37:42 +0000 Lucia Garrido 747 at https://living-in.eu Portugal launches its first National Smart Territories Strategy https://living-in.eu/news/portugal-launches-its-first-national-smart-territories-strategy-0 <span>Portugal launches its first National Smart Territories Strategy</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Living-in.EU welcomes Portugal as new signatory</h2></div> <span><span>Genoveva Gil</span></span> <span>11 January 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On 18 December 2023, Portugal presented their first National Strategy for Intelligent Territories (NSST) and became a Living-in.EU signatory. Under the motto "transforming data into action", it is a benchmark for making life easier for people and companies through data, in an efficient and sustainable management of the territory based on innovation and transparency.</p> <p>Estratégia Nacional de Territórios Inteligentes (ENTI)<strong> </strong> already has an investment of 60 million euros under the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP). In its design and collaborative construction, local authorities, regional coordination and development commissions, intermunicipal communities, and various entities, including companies in the technology and telecommunications areas, higher education institutions and bodies integrated into the national science and technology system, actively participated.</p> <p>This public policy instrument drives the implementation of 16 strategic initiatives and 31 local recommendations which, through technological solutions, make it possible to anticipate, manage and plan the needs of territories, covering both urban and rural areas, in a commitment to promoting territorial equality.</p> <p>Acting in the fields of governance, society, mobility, the environment, quality of life and the economy, the various actions that make up the NSST focus, in part, on the intelligent management of essential resources, such as water, mobility or energy, among others, ensuring their efficient allocation, optimizing the functioning of cities, rural areas, forests, protected areas and communities in general.</p> <p>In addition, the Strategy includes among its objectives the cooperation between local authorities, companies and academia, promoting the creation of synergies and initiatives, and aims to empower and prepare the community to face future challenges.</p> <p>Underlying NSST is a change of approach towards how data can be generated, integrated, shared and analysed, and the creation of the Portugal Data Platform, coordinated by the Agency for Administrative Modernization (AMA), that will play a key role for the future of political decision making.</p> <p>For the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Administrative Modernisation, Mário Campolargo, "the relevance of the presentation of the first National Smart Territories Strategy is reflected in a set of guidelines for accelerating the transformation of municipalities and positioning Portugal as a digital nation. This strategy seeks to contribute to more informed, evidence-based public decision-making and leverage even smarter management of the territories' essential resources".</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcRKrV4qp70&amp;ab_channel=AMA-AgênciaparaaModernizaçãoAdministrativa" rel="nofollow">presentation session</a> took place at the Rectory of the New University of Lisbon and more information can be found at <a href="http://www.territoriosinteligentes.gov.pt">www.territoriosinteligentes.gov.pt</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Original author:</strong></p> <p>Joana Portugal</p> <p>Assessora de Imprensa (Press) Presidência do Conselho de Ministros</p> <p><strong>Photo credits: </strong></p> <p>Telmo Miller</p> <p> </p></div> Thu, 11 Jan 2024 10:33:27 +0000 Genoveva Gil 729 at https://living-in.eu Define and activate your local digital journey to enable smart city and local digital twin readiness https://living-in.eu/news/define-and-activate-your-local-digital-journey-enable-smart-city-and-local-digital-twin <span>Define and activate your local digital journey to enable smart city and local digital twin readiness</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Extended workshop for EU cities and communities</h2></div> <span><span>Ms Pauline van…</span></span> <span>21 December 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Exciting news for Dutch municipalities! You are invited to an extended workshop designed for Dutch cities and communities on January 17th at the OASC conference in Rotterdam. This event marks the debut of the first EU Local Digital Twins initiative.</p> <p>This gathering serves as a pivotal moment steering the sustainable digital development journey of local municipalities and communities across the Netherlands. Supported by the European Commission, this initiative opens doors for Dutch municipalities to connect with EU organisations dedicated to sustainable local digitalisation. It serves as an early gateway to crucial tools, funding opportunities, and insights into EU policies. Engage with fellow municipalities, associations, and initiatives to exchange invaluable best practices in your digitalisation journey.</p> <p>The European initiative comprises two essential parts, with hybrid events and training sessions planned across all EU member states. For the Netherlands, this workshop on January 17th signifies the start. Subsequently, an even more comprehensive online training session will delve deeper into your city's digital journey and how the EU can assist. Stay tuned for the updated agenda. </p> <p>Participation in this event expands your network, fostering collaborations to co-create innovative digital tools like the Local Digital Twins Toolbox. Additionally, it is an opportunity to enhance existing tools such as LORDIMAS, essential in evaluating a local community's digital maturity. Find the official program details at the registration form.</p> <p><strong>Registration</strong>: Please register for the workshop via <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezsueHeKT83NZ4YkbtM_cf6joN1RTFTcowkl8k8pxYK-aMkQ/viewform" rel="nofollow">this </a>form. If you are attending the workshop in Rotterdam, we kindly ask you to also register for the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oasc-conference-2024-tickets-737006013827?aff=oddtdtcreator" rel="nofollow">OASC Conference in Eventbrite</a>. The Zoom link for online attendees will be sent later. </p> <p>We are excited to meet you in Rotterdam on the 17th to contribute to this transformative journey, shaping smarter and more connected communities across Europe. For any queries or additional information, reach out to Pauline van der Geld (<a href="mailto:pauline@serendipity.buzz" rel="nofollow">pauline@serendipity.buzz</a>).</p> <p><strong>About the Project:</strong></p> <p>LDT Lot 1: Local Digital Twins Toolbox Procurement – Pioneering Smart Community Transformation: "Increasing Awareness and Readiness of EU Communities"</p> <p>This project, detailed in the Digital Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, falls under the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content, and Technology (DG CNECT). Its primary objective is to elevate awareness and readiness across EU communities in every Member state.</p> <p><strong>Location</strong></p> <p>nhow Hotel, Wilhelminakade 137<br /> 3072AP Rotterdam<br /> Netherlands</p> <p>Registration <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezsueHeKT83NZ4YkbtM_cf6joN1RTFTcowkl8k8pxYK-aMkQ/viewform" rel="nofollow">here</a>!</p></div> Thu, 21 Dec 2023 10:58:00 +0000 Ms Pauline van der Geld 719 at https://living-in.eu Testing & Experimenting Trustworthy AI Facilities under Digital Europe Programme https://living-in.eu/news/testing-experimenting-trustworthy-ai-facilities-under-digital-europe-programme <span>Testing &amp; Experimenting Trustworthy AI Facilities under Digital Europe Programme</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Follow up &amp; Recording</h2></div> <span><span>Viviana Demonte</span></span> <span>19 December 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">On December 13th, 2023, Living-in.EU and CitCom.AI partnered to host an online webinar about Testing and Experimenting Facilities (TEFs) under the Digital Europe Programme. The event featured three speakers from the CitCom.AI consortium: Joost Haugmark Jensen, Martine Delannoy, and Petra Dalunde.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>What is CitCom.AI? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">TEFs, which are co-funded by the Digital Europe Programme and national funding bodies, aim to support technology providers in testing and experimenting with AI-based technologies to bring trustworthy and secure AI to the European market. Currently, TEFs have been initiated in four high-impact sectors: agri-food, healthcare, manufacturing, and Smart Cities and Communities.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">CitCom.AI, which has been awarded for actualizing TEFs in the Smart Cities and Communities sector, focuses on <strong>testing and experimenting with AI-based conditions in real-world conditions to develop cities and communities.</strong> Local and regional stakeholders are among the key players involved in the initiative due to their identification of main societal needs and challenges, and their testing of AI solutions in real-life environments. CitCom.AI is divided into three main nodes: the Central node, the Nordic node, and the South node, each with a different area of focus. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>TEFs in the Central-node: Experience in Digital Flanders </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Digital Flanders, one of the 33 partners involved in the CitCom.AI consortium, aims to pilot use cases that consider the technological and environmental context, gathering requirements and identifying common challenges relevant to smaller cities and communities.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">With the support of CitCom.AI, Digital Flanders has focused on <strong>close-to-real-life environments such as sandboxes and living labs</strong> to maximize the uptake of AI-powered solutions while minimizing the waste of time and resources.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>TEFs in the Nordic-node: the RISE project </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The RISE Project, developed in the Nordic Super node within CitCom.AI, has identified and tested six physical infrastructures and three digital platforms in real environments.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">An example of a physical infrastructure tested under the RISE project is the Hornsgatan test zone, which aims to develop an <strong>AI system for traffic prediction</strong> and test its function in a traffic platform while complying with the AI Act and Interoperable Europe Act. If you are interested in getting involved with CitCom.AI as a city, region, community, or potential business partner, more information is available on the CitCom.AI webpage. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><strong>How to get in contact with CitCom.AI? </strong></p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The recording of the session is only available to Living-in.EU signatories. If you need further information, you can check Citcom.AI website <a href="https://citcom.ai/" rel="nofollow">here</a>. Or you can contact Living-in.EU secretariat (<a href="mailto:viviana.demonte@eurocities.eu">viviana.demonte@eurocities.eu</a> or <a href="mailto:gabriela.ruseva@eurocities.eu">gabriela.ruseva@eurocities.eu</a>)  which will put you in contact with the main coordinators and contact persons from the three nodes. </p></div> Tue, 19 Dec 2023 09:19:06 +0000 Viviana Demonte 716 at https://living-in.eu Living-in.EU Stakeholder Forum Explores Digital Innovation and Collaborative Initiatives https://living-in.eu/news/living-ineu-stakeholder-forum-explores-digital-innovation-and-collaborative-initiatives <span>Living-in.EU Stakeholder Forum Explores Digital Innovation and Collaborative Initiatives</span> <span><span>Ms Michelle Go…</span></span> <span>13 December 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The Living-in.EU Stakeholder Forum held on December 4th, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00 CET proved to be a pivotal event gathering signatories and supporters committed to the Living-in.EU Declaration.  Focused on co-creating technical specifications for digital tools, projects, and future endeavours, the meeting served as a platform for collaborative innovation. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Distinguished speakers delved into multifaceted topics crucial to the Living-in.EU mission, emphasizing the initiative's core values and vision.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The meeting delved into essential topics such as: </p> <ul><li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/go.lieu-mission-statement_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living-in.EU's Mission Statement</a>. After the first Mayors Digital Assembly, Living-in.EU conducted a consultation to identify the key priorities of the digital agenda in cities and regions across Europe. The following key priorities were identified and will drive the Living-in.EU mission in the upcoming years: advancing the twin green and digital transformation at local level; fostering technological innovation (city as a platform); better-informed policies through data; and, people-centred digital transformation and digital rights.  The official version of the new mission statement will be soon made available through our channels. </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/information-channels_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Information channels to stay updated</a>. </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/lordimas_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LORDIMAS</a>: Your digital maturity assessment tool - showcasing a pivotal tool designed to  help EU cities and regions to understand where they are in their digital transformation journey. You can already evaluate, share, compare and learn from others at <a href="https://gis-portal.espon.eu/arcgis/apps/experiencebuilder/experience/?id=975e0dd3bcf84aa9810f0f5b5f7b9b65" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lordimas.espon.eu.</a>  </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/ds4sscc_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Data Spaces for Smart and Sustainable Cities</a> - This initiative aims to foster innovation and progress in urban landscapes through data-driven solutions. </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/ongoing_upcoming-projects_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Updates on ongoing and upcoming Living-in.EU projects</a> - Speakers provided a glimpse into the future initiatives that promise transformative changes in various sectors. </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/interoperable-europe-act_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interoperable Europe Act for digital government transformation</a> - Outlining strategies for digital government transformation through interoperability, aligning with the initiative's goals for seamless integration across diverse systems and platforms. </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="https://living-in.eu/sites/default/files/files/citiverse-roadmap_living-in.eu-sf41223.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pre-standardisation roadmap for the CitiVerse</a> - Paving the way for future standards and protocols, ensuring a cohesive and standardized approach in urban development. </p> </li> </ul><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The presentations at the forum not only showcased the commitment of Living-in.EU to digital innovation but also fostered a collaborative environment inviting further contributions and partnerships. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">As the world advances towards a more digitally integrated future, forums like this one stand as pillars of progress, enabling the exchange of ideas and propelling initiatives towards a more connected and sustainable tomorrow. </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Other useful links:  </p> <ul><li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Data Space for smart Communities website: <a href="http://www.ds4sscc.eu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.ds4sscc.eu</a> </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Data Space for Smart Communities Information Session: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-reuPzJ08&amp;ab_channel=DS4SSCC" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-reuPzJ08&amp;ab_channel=DS4SSCC  </a> </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Public Sector Tech Watch: <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/public-sector-tech-watch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/public-sector-tech-watch </a> </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">OASC conference:<a href="https://living-in.eu/events/oasc-conference-2024" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> https://living-in.eu/events/oasc-conference-2024</a>  </p> </li> <li> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Smart Communities Network: <a href="https://living-in.eu/news/join-eu-smart-communities-network-and-contribute-shaping-europes-digital-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://living-in.eu/news/join-eu-smart-communities-network-and-contribute-shaping-europes-digital-future</a> </p> </li> </ul></div> Wed, 13 Dec 2023 10:15:39 +0000 Ms Michelle Gonzalez Torres 714 at https://living-in.eu Data Space for Smart Communities Online Info Session https://living-in.eu/news/data-space-smart-communities-online-info-session <span>Data Space for Smart Communities Online Info Session</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Materials and recording are now available</h2></div> <span><span>Genoveva Gil</span></span> <span>29 November 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Data Space for Smart Communities Online Info Session took place on the 15th of November 2023, in collaboration with the Living-in.EU movement and Gaia X. The session provided a deep dive into available tools and the planned activities to deploy the European Data Space for Smart Communities. Together with over 100 participants we learned about the data cooperation canvas, the data space blueprint and the action plan to realise the data spaces. Presentations and recordings are now available here for those who missed it.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ch-reuPzJ08?si=QL2zKZy568U754zq" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Presentations:</p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/1_DS4SSCC-DEP_intro.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC DEP - Intro</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/2_DS4SSCC-DEP-Context-and-Purpose.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC DEP - Context &amp; Purpose</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/3_DS4SSCC_Data-Spaces-in-Europe.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC - Data Spaces in Europe</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/4_DS4SSCC-Results_Data-Cooperation-Canvas.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC Results - Data Cooperation Canvas</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/5_DS4SSCC-Results_Governance-Model.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC Results - Governance Model</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/6_DS4SSCC-Results_Technical-Blueprint.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SCC - Technical Blueprint</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/7_DS4SSCC-Results_maturity-and-actions.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC Results - Maturity &amp; Actions</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/8_DS4SSCC-Results_Expression-of-Interests.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC Results_Expression of Interests</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu/s/9_DS4SSCC_DEP-OpenCall-Support-Impact-Comms.pdf" target="_blank">DS4SSCC Dep - OpenCall, Support, Impact, Comms</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Stay tuned to their <a href="https://www.ds4sscc.eu">website</a>!</p> </div> Wed, 29 Nov 2023 17:24:37 +0000 Genoveva Gil 707 at https://living-in.eu Join the EU Smart Communities Network and contribute to shaping Europe’s digital future! https://living-in.eu/news/join-eu-smart-communities-network-and-contribute-shaping-europes-digital-future <span>Join the EU Smart Communities Network and contribute to shaping Europe’s digital future! </span> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>28 November 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Calling all national or regional associations, or similar initiatives, representing cities and municipalities at EU Member State level!</p> <p>If advancing digital transformation in local communities is part of your organisation’s mission, seize this opportunity and boost your organisation EU outreach through the Smart Communities Network, recognised by the European Commission, and make a tangible impact.</p> <p><strong>Why join the Smart Communities Network?</strong></p> <p>By joining the Smart Communities Network, the member organisations will:</p> <ul><li>Connect with other organisations, associations and initiatives across the EU to exchange best practices in the digital transformation for local public authorities.</li> <li>Play a pivotal role in fostering sustainable digital development of local communities in your country or region.</li> <li>Gain early access to digital tools and solutions, funding opportunities and insights into EU digital policies.</li> <li>Provide your network of cities and communities with opportunities to co-create new digital tools, such as the Local Digital Twins Toolbox, or improve existing ones, such as LORDIMAS, for assessing the digital maturity of a local community.</li> <li>Support Europe's digital and green ambitions while engaging directly with the European Commission.</li> </ul><p><strong>What are we looking for?</strong></p> <p>We seek for national or regional associations of cities and/or municipalities, or other initiatives working with local public authorities. Your organisation should appoint a contact point for facilitating the coordination with the European institutions and other EU cities and communities to drive and support local digital transformation. Specifically, member organisations of the Network will:</p> <ul><li>Help us comprehend the realities of cities and municipalities in your country/region, to better tailor support for their digital transformation journey.</li> <li>Co-organise one hybrid dissemination session and one online training session on digital topics, tools and solutions, tailored to the specific needs of local contexts in the coming 18 months.</li> <li>Reach out to local public authorities within your country or region, particularly those actively involved in digitalisation of cities and communities.   </li> </ul><p><strong>How to apply?</strong></p> <p>If this resonates with your organisation's goals, submit your organisation’s application by 7th December here:  <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/RegistrationMemberStateExpertsforSmartCommunitiesNetwork" rel="nofollow">Registration form</a></p> <p>The consortium will review all applications and interviews will be conducted with appointed representatives from these organisations throughout December 2023.  A workshop for successful applicants is planned in January 2024.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><em>GDPR notice: Your data will be handled in accordance with GDPR rules. Please note that the data you provide below will be used to establish the member state expert group and will be handled, stored and accessed by OASC and the European Commission. You can request access to your data or have it removed by contacting <a href="mailto:contact@oascities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contact@oascities.org</a>.</em></p> <p> </p></div> Tue, 28 Nov 2023 13:12:14 +0000 Lucia Garrido 706 at https://living-in.eu