Article: Cities are imperceptibly becoming Smart Cities. But what does that actually mean?

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Cities are imperceptibly becoming Smart Cities. But what does that actually mean?

A brand new metropolis built from the ground up with tech powered urban design. A white elephant nobody wants to live in. An eco-friendly suburb. The term “smart city” has evoked various descriptions, but it’s the world’s existing cities which will need to smarten up as Internet of Things (IoT) technology evolves and the world reopens for business and travel.

All cities can improve the provision and development of urban services through IoT technology – not just new ones built to be smart from the start, like Kenya’s Konza Technopolis. For example, a smart city might be simply one with improved capacity planning and management. By analysing data on public transport, “flow” models can be made which predict usage at certain times and help transport companies prepare in advance for peak periods.

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Article: UW-Eau Claire Initiative Turning To Open-Source Materials For Classes

Materials, Open Manufacturing

UW-Eau Claire Initiative Turning To Open-Source Materials For Classes

In an effort to cut costs for college students, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is working to encourage instructors to move away from traditional textbooks and build classes around open-source educational materials.

This summer, UW-Eau Claire will recruit 15 instructors to continue a pilot program to design courses around what are known as open educational resources (OER). They can include digital textbooks or research articles published in journals that are free to the public.

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