On 27 and 30 June Eng. Emanuele Spampinato, president of Etna Hitech gave a lecture on Smart City: themes and ideas for the city of the future within the post-graduated education course Digital PA: challenges and opportunities on 2.0 web, at the Political Sciences Department in Catania. The course, held with the aim to keep up to date public communication and digital agenda competencies, has been divided into two parts – a theoretical lesson on 27 June and a laboratory on 30 June.
The lessons were reserved to public employees and treated themes connected to openness, efficiency, public participation to administrative processes: smart cities and smart communities, open data, business process management.
Smart cities are the focus of European planning 2014-2020. In the city, indeed, arises democracy, 70% of European population lives and 75% of European PIL is produced. At the same time, urban context generates and intensifies poverty, social exclusion, problem public services access, congestion, and pollution that negatively affect life quality.
Europe 2020 strategy for the development of smart projects in European cities identifies three priority areas linked with three big development goals: economy, environment, society. Smart Urbs e-Government Platform create with the project MIUR Smart Cities PRISMA and at an experimental stage in the coty of Catania, has been shows as a good example of application of solution for smart cities. Smart Urbs indeed, concerns through different application the themes of urban decorum, mobility and social services.
In order to operate efficiently and actively EU smart solutions need an optimization given by the use of open data. Data and information surround us but, often are accessible only to administrations and institutions that have received and archived them, although they belong to everybody. An efficient application of Open Government Data Paradigm requires a reengineering of data sharing processes among administration and institutions, so that it could be possible, not only access these data but also re-elaborate and analyze them. These activities can generate new practical applications, encourage innovation and investment and, therefore, new job opportunities and social well-being.
in order to facilitate access and use of data is therefore necessary a re-elaboration of processes on the basis of the standard of Business Process Management. To BPM, that, as underlined Eng. Spampinato, is not only a technology but a discipline, has been dedicated the last part of the course.
During the laboratory on 30 June, participant experimented the architecture eGov, that has the aim to evaluated performance of Local Public Administration and to the use of Open data paradigm.
The course was promoted by Political Science Department of University of Catania and the Institute of education and Research on Development Social Problem (ISVI) and financed by INPS.