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The United Cities and Local Governments committees enhance communication tools to improve global collaboration

19 January 2016

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Local Finance and Development and the Committee on Urban Strategic Planning have launched two new websites with the aim of improving communication, information sharing and collaboration within the UCLG network.

These new websites offer an interactive and dynamic interface and all the content related to the work implemented by the Committees. With these projects, the UCLG network can share knowledge and discuss topics of...

The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa: Call for Proposals

19 January 2016

The call for proposals “Supporting the participation of Sub-Saharan cities in the Covenant of Mayors” is currently open. The call is open to not-for-profit, local authorities located in one of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries (lead) or in a country eligible under the Development Cooperation Instrument (co-applicant).

The global objective of this call for proposals is to increase the capacities of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy-related services to...

European Commission approves the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme for European Standardisation

19 January 2016

The European Commission adopted the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme (AUWP) for European standardisation on January 8, 2016. This programme lays down the Commission’s intentions to use standardisation in support of new or existing legislation and policies. Each year the European Commission publishes an Annual Work Programme to identify the main objectives of European standardisation. The AUWP aims to boost growth and employment in the EU.

This year, the programme foresees...

Energy Transition Chronicles: Behind the scenes of successful energy transition processes

19 January 2016

The cities of Schönau and Heidelberg (Germany), Växjö (Sweden) and the regions of Burgenland and Brussels-Capital have all started, more or less recently, their own energy transition process.

Heidelberg currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany and is building the world’s largest renewable district; 88% of the energy consumed in Växjö comes from local renewable sources; and Burgenland became self-sufficient in electricity in 2013. The quality of life has greatly...

Who are we? The people behind the initiative

18 December 2015


The Smart Cities Information System is a collaboration between five partner organisations, each of which brings their expertise to the mix. A look behind the scenes at our dedicated team of professionals:


GOPA com. takes care of the overall management of SCIS and the development of the database, whilst making sure that the SCIS communicates the right messages to the right people, in other words – project management, IT and communications....

What do we wish for? Our priorities for 2016

18 December 2015

Inspired by the traditional holiday wish-list, here is what we will strive to bring to the smart cities community in 2016:    

- Ensure a working database filled with data;
- Visit project sites and meet with project teams to discuss how to make SCIS even better;
- Encourage projects to submit as much data and as many results as possible;
- Gather more input from cities, urban planners, architects, and other experts with valuable experience in the...

Alexander Thür, SINFONIA: We hope the SCIS website will help bring together results from all smart cities projects

18 December 2015

“SINFONIA is pleased to be a part of the Smart Cities Information System as it facilitates the exchange of experience and best practice with other projects. Our team is already working together with SCIS to provide data, KPIs, and information about new technologies implemented in the project. We hope the SCIS website will help bring together results from all smart cities projects to facilitate uptake by other European cities.”

Alexander Thür, SINFONIA project 

Kerstin Rubenson: For the City of Malmö, SCIS could be a useful tool for evaluating projects on city development

18 December 2015

“For the City of Malmö, the Smart Cities Information System database could be a useful tool when it comes to evaluating and benchmarking projects on city development. To be really useful for us as a city the information has to be relevant. That means that there has to be data from projects with preconditions that we can relate to. For the City of Malmö, an added value would, for example, be financial information, even though it is very difficult, giving an estimation of investment per m2 and...

Anna Domènech: The collaboration between EIP-SCC Market Place and SCIS happened naturally

18 December 2015


“The Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) and the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) are two initiatives which are closely related and our collaboration happened naturally, led by our common goals. We have brought together our promotional efforts for a number of events throughout the year and coordinated the outreach towards relevant common stakeholders. We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration to the whole...