Although open innovation in the business sector has become a standard in innovation management, it is still mostly unclear, how it may be conducted in the public sector. The EU project Open Cities has set its focus on implementing open and user driven innovation methodologies, by combining three research areas: Open Innovation, Future Internet Services, and Living Labs.

This project is realized by a cooperation of industrial partners, research institutions, and universities using existing tools, studies, and platforms efficiently in the area of crowdsourcing, open data, fiber to the home (FTTH), and open sensor networks within seven European metropolises, namely, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Helsinki, Paris, and Rome. In the context of the Open Cities project, Fraunhofer FOKUS concentrates on the establishment of pan-European specifications for an Open Data administration platform and is responsible for its development and management. As a basis for the development of innovative applications and services, the platform will facilitate the maintenance of public data.

Partners: ESADE, City of Amsterdam Economic Affairs, Berlin Government Senate, Cap Digital, Barcelona City Hall, Atos Origin, Waag Society, Institut Télécom, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, DotOpen, Tempos21, Forum Virum, NESTA, Provincia di Roma, Comune di Bologna


Evanela Lapi