The issues surrounding metrics for Smart Cities has been brought up several times across the course – how do you decide if a city is ‘smart’? How do you decide if a smart project has met it’s goal and been successful?
There have been several sets of measurements and KPIs developed, such as the CITYkeys Projects which has parallel measurements for large and small projects, and the City Dashboard, which aims to make data clearer and more user-friendly.
Meanwhile the World Council on City Data aims to make all of these metrics open and accessible. This will be vitally important, since for citizen projects to success, they have to have previous project data and be able to see where those projects succeeded and failed. In addition, as the next section of this week explained, a project must be clear value in its outcomes or it is unlikely to be funded, either by governing authorities or commercial organisations.
Some existing metrics, such as the Integrated Impact Framework for Cities (pdf here) can be used for smart project evaluation, as it recognises the external influences and and of a project.
The second part of this week was quite different, so I’ve decided to make it a separate short post, which will be coming soon.