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OrganiCity Report Summary

Project reference: 645198
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - OrganiCity (OrganiCity – Co-creating smart cities of the future)

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

In its first year, the OrganiCity consortium has built the Experimentation-as-a-Service facility as planned. Based on co-creation processes in the three clusters of London, Santander and Aarhus, and with contribu-tions from the other partners, the facility has been defined and instantiated. The system architecture integrates both local systems and provides a federation and linking across sites based on the Open & Agile Smart Cities mechanisms.
Furthermore, a set of co-creation tools have been developed and made ready for the first round of experimentation: the Scenario Tool, the Urban Data Observatory, Tinkerspace, Smartphone Experimentation, Opportunistic Connectivity Service, Crowd-sourced Data Annotation and Tangible Interaction using the DUL Radio.
The open calls have been co-created with the communities in the three clusters, and the legal and support frameworks around the experimentation have been established. There is an Experiment Agreement to govern the responsibilities and rights of the experimenters using the OrganiCity facility, and there is a stakeholder landscape in and around each cluster which is ready to engage in the open call experiments. Ethics and privacy is baked into the facility and processes.
By the end of the first period, the OrganiCity Experimentation-as-a-Service facility is thus ready to use, and the consortium is preparing the first round of open calls.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

2.2 Explanation of the work carried out per Work Package
2.2.1 Work Package 1 Co-Creating OrganiCity
The main objective of WP1 is to establish contact to and engage with communities in the three clusters. The communities are highly diverse and include citizens, SMEs, industry, researchers, grassroot organiza-tions, authorities, etc. Through engagements, we will co-create the OrganiCity facility with these communities communities and extract requirements for the technical development of the OrganiCity tools and facility in general. WP1 is broken down in three tasks with each their focus. T1.1 is focusing on establishing contact with communities through face-to-face engagements, social media, events, experiments, etc. The task will initially leverage from existing communities, it will make sure to establish a pipeline for future engagements, and thereby create the space for co-creating the facility. The main aim of T1.2 is to extract knowledge from the communities, and create both scenarios and technical requirements for further OrganiCity developments. T1.3 is about developing an architectural vision and technical guidelines for the OrganiCity facility. The vision and guidelines will feed into WP2 and WP3 and inform the development process.
WP1 is on track, and we are currently following the schedule. Through the amendment phase, we have chosen to prolong the task according to the overall timeline, and to include a direct engagement with ex-perimenters when they are conducting and developing their experiments.
Task 1.1 OrganiCitizens : Task 1.1 was launched with efforts to better understand the communities of potential “OrganiCitizens” that are located in the three cluster cities and beyond. We started out with a mapping exercise – an internal survey across the consortium partners, calling for input on the communities whom partner organisations had previously engaged with or whom were known for their thorough experience in citizen engagement activities. In total, 24 communities were identified and categorised (Tech/Data, City Gov., Service Creation/Delivery, Enterprise and Citizen/Community/Research). The next step was to conduct qualitative research interviews with a selection of these communities across the clusters. Ten interviews were conducted by video conference and many insights were gained alongside key contrasts between the different cities involved. This research was then synthesized into seven design principles for engagement to be implemented across all OrganiCities and linked to the learnings from our adjacent communities. Deliverable 1.1 “We are All OrganiCitizens” captures this process and the design principles. It also includes the broader “engagement journey” for “experimentation-as-a-service”. This engagement journey was designed based on our qualitative research and upon leading commercial and government engagement strategies for co-creation. In addition, this task included the development of a social media engagement strategy and an analysis of the online presence and channels that should be used in the project. This engagement journey and initial social media activities is built on further in WP6 throughout the lifetime of OrganiCity.
Task 1.1 built thus on an “engagement journey”, conducted through a wide range of citizen engagement activities which has the objective to support the transition from discussion to co-creation to experimentation. The citizen engagement activities have consisted of workshops, speaking engagements, online discussions, and attendance and promotion of OrganiCity at hackathons and other public events. These activities also support the activity within communities of defining use cases, which has commenced in task 1.2.
Moving forward, we will intensify these engagement efforts as part of the announcement of the first OrganiCity open call (executed by WP5). We will continue to use our established channels to keep the communities informed on opportunities to eng

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The core impact of the OrganiCity facility will first be fully realised when experimentation enabled through the first open call, launched in 2016, has taken place. Impact so far has been achieved through community engagement and awareness activities, especially within the context of the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative, in which OrganiCity has been a key driver.

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Record Number: 186686 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14