1st Edition

Personal Data-Smart Cities: How cities can Utilise their Citizen’s Personal Data to Help them Become Climate Neutral

Edited By Shaun Topham, Paolo Boscolo, Michael Mulquin Copyright 2023
    356 Pages 18 Color Illustrations
    by River Publishers

    This book sets out to address some of the issues that a smart city needs to overcome to make use of both the data currently available to them and how this can be enhanced by using emerging technology enabling a citizen to share their personal data, adding value.

    It provides answers for those within a smart city, advising their mayors or leaders on introducing new technology. We will cover the topic so as to enable many different public officials to be able to understand the situation from their own perspective, be they lawyers, financial people, service providers, those looking at governance structures, policy makers, etc.

    We are contributing to the new model for the European Data Economy. Case studies of existing best practice in the use of data are augmented with examples of embracing a citizen’s personal data in the mix, to enable better services to develop and potential new revenue streams to occur. This will enable new business models and investment opportunities to emerge.

    We will address the topic of how to put a value on data and will conclude by looking at what new technologies will be emerging in the coming years, to help cities with carbon-neutral targets to have more chance of succeeding.

    1 Peril on the Road to Utopia – Opportunities and Risks of Infusing Personal Data into the Smart City Ecosystem
    Haydee S. Sheombar and Joseph V. Sheombar

    2 The Principal Projects Underpinning This Work
    Ana García Garre, John Kaldis and Elena Palmisano

    3 Best Practice in the General Use of Data in a City
    Annina Autero, Michail Bourmpos, Iván Carrillo Quero, et al.

    4 Case Studies Involving the Use of Personal Data in a Smart City
    Paolo Boscolo, Michail Bourmpos, Ilesh Datani, et al.

    5 The Local Data Economy
    Shaun Topham

    6 Technical Components
    Sotiris Koussouris and Yury Glikman

    7 Interoperability and the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms
    Michael Mulquin

    8 Health Data in a Smart City
    Vincent Keunen

    9 Personal Data Management and MIM4
    Michael Mulquin

    10 Standards for Citizens
    John Ketchell

    11 Business Models
    Shaun Topham

    12 (Digital) City Financing Platforms
    Juergen Ritzek

    13 The Governance of Personal Data for the Public Interest: Research Insights and Recommendations
    Marina Micheli

    14 Data Valuation and Its Applications for Smart Cities
    Mihnea Tufis

    15 Does Everything Conform to Legal, Ethical, and Data Protection Principles?
    Marina Da Bormida in Cugurra

    16 Data-Driven and Citizens’ Inclusive Smart Cities: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches to Tackle Societal and Climate Challenges
    Maria Sangiuliano

    17 What Next?
    Paolo Boscolo, Michael Mulquin and Shaun Topham


    Dr Shaun Topham has long experience of working with government and public administrations around the world, having also been a politician. He was the President of the EU eForum, a network comprising cities, universities and companies, initially established by the Commission to share best practice in eGovernment whilst focusing in recent years on linking Chinese and European smart cities and on identity management. He has been involved in piloting and disseminating numerous projects. Amongst them, STORK and STORK2.0 covering cross-border identity, and EKSISTENZ on identity theft. He was also a Fellow at the University of Manchester, Urban Institute.

    Paolo Boscolo gained a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering in 1986. And subsequently worked at ALCATEL Italia in Florence, participating in EU projects and in 1990 he became Head of the IT department in Florence. In 1992 he joined the Comune di Prato as Head of the Information Service, managing all distributed computing facilities and multi-protocol data transmission networks in the city. He participates in national innovation projects and in European Projects in the field of advanced IT infrastructures, digital innovation and data exploitation. He is currently the IT Director of Prato City Council and is responsible for the Innovation & Digital Agenda office and coordinator of the Open Data publishing team. Since 2008 he has represented Prato City Council in the Major Cities of Europe (MCE) and is a member of the Executive Committee.

    Michael Mulquin has spent nearly 30 years partnering with cities, rural areas, and industry on how technology can help neighbourhoods and cities work better. For the last ten years he has been focusing on the development and implementation of smart city standards. He is Chair of the IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee and Co-Chair of the IEC-ISO-ITU Joint Smart Cities Task Force. He is City Standards Associate with the UK Connected Places Catapult and a member of the UK Government External Advisory Group on Secure Connected Communities. He works with Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) to support the development of the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) that provide focused sets of requirements to support different aspects of building a local data sharing ecosystem.