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Appel à contributions

Dossier to be published in No. 96 – 4th quarter 2014

Smart city

Edited by Nicolas CURIEN, Claudio FEIJOO & Gilles FONTAINE

The term "smart city" refers to different approaches. First, smart means placing citizens at the core of the innovation process when creating new urban services, through Living Labs, Fab Labs or the provision of "Open Data". Smart also describes the modernisation of urban services such as transport, energy, culture, etc., through digital technologies: ultra fast fixed and mobile networks, the Internet of things, smart grids, data centres, etc.. Finally, smart is now commonly used by large cities as a label of attractiveness and by several players in the digital industry as a commercial argument.

The early developments of smart cities have often given rise to clusters built around various activities of a local authority. And yet one might expect services with high added value to be supplied by crossing information systems. Building the smart city's management and innovation platforms therefore means defining a new mode of governance involving public authorities, citizens and private operators. This is indeed a key line of thought for local authorities, which, after networks, now consider the city’s information system as a major asset of their strategy.

This issue of Communications & Strategies aims to gather academic contributions from experts in urban economics and thoughts from players involved in the innovative dynamics of cities. The papers will particularly address the following topics:
• Critical approach to the concept of smart city; evaluation of the ongoing experiments and review of the literature. Smart city indicators.
• Assessment of new systems of innovation such as Living Labs or Fab Labs.
• Internet of things and ultra-broadband in the urban landscape; technologies, infrastructures, deployment, processes, algorithms and decision-making.
• Open Data issues: for instance, how to combine public and private urban data? How to make it sustainable and effective?
• Stakes and risks in a multi-sectoral information system; smart city governance; will/can local authorities turn into data operators?
• ICT-enabled governance; what and how?; successes and failures: is it possible to enhance democracy at a local level enabled by technology?
• Industrial economics of the new ecosystems emerging from collaboration between urban services operators and digital players; case studies of improved services; open innovation schemes; decoupling services from apps; how to build city apps.
• ICT-based urban planning and urban design; tools and models.
• Conditions for a "sustainable digital growth" of territories; issues linked to data security and protection of privacy.
• Appropriation by users; which interaction between technological and social innovation?
• The new science of cities; architecture, engineering, economics, and social; the need for renewed knowledge and holistic / cross-studies professionals.


Please send submissions (in the form of full papers)
by 15th June 2014 to: 


Submission of papers

All papers submitted for publication will be reviewed by at least two referees/experts using the "double blind" system.
Proposals must be submitted in Word format (.doc) and should not exceed 6,500 words – including the abstract and references.
As far as possible, the publisher recommends that you insert some illustrations (tables, diagrams) in the paper, in order to facilitate the general comprehension.
Please ensure that they are readable in grey scale, and that they are of high-definition, in order to guarantee the printing quality.
Bibliographical references should be included at the end of the article. Should these references appear in the text, please indicate the author's name and the year of publication in brackets.

Extra papers

COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES also welcomes submissions for extra papers - off dossier - that typically cover innovative issues in the sector of the telecoms, internet and new media. If your paper is selected by the Editiorial committee, it will be submitted to the double-blind review process.
On the other hand, should you wish to propose a short paper (1500 to 3000 words maximum) for the "Features" rubric, offering factual analyses of recent developments in the fields of regulation and competition, firms and markets, technical innovations, public policies and use logics, please contact Sophie NIGON.
Book reviews are also very welcome should they are in connection with our usual thematics.



Sophie NIGON
Managing Editor
P: +33 (0)467 144 416
F: +33 (0)467 144 400
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