Toward an Open Smart City
BeSpatial’18 Keynote: Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault
Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Keynote: Towards an Open Smart City
This keynote will critically focus on smart cities, examining how they are socially and technically constructed. We will discuss the research outcomes of the Canadian Open Smart Cities project funded by the Government of Canada GeoConnections Program and Led by Open North and the author in collaboration with the Canadian Internet Public Policy Clinic and University of Toronto. Examples will be drawn from five case studies namely about the cities of Edmonton, Guelph, Ottawa and Montreal, and the Ontario Smart Grid as well as number of international best practices. The recent Infrastructure Canada Canadian Smart City Challenge and the controversial Sidewalk Lab Waterfront Toronto project will also be discussed. It will be argued that no two smart cities are alike and may not live up to the promise of being better places to live.
Although an Open Smart City does not yet exist, it will be argued that it is possible, especially if the ideals and practices of open data, open science, open geospatial data infrastructures and open government are mapped onto them.
Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,