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|Name||Smart City Aarhus|
|Sector||smart city, open data governance, community participation|
|Year of beginning||2010; officially launched in 2012|
|People involved||Local business community, research institutions, and the municipality.
|Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association)||Public administration together with private organizations and citizens’ associations|
|Type of commons|
|Object||Smart Aarhus proposes a new way of organizing efforts to find effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by many cities today. Through collaboration between the public and the private sector, citizens, the business community, and knowledge institutions, Smart Aarhus offers a platform for everyone, who wants to make use the opportunities of digitization across sectors and hierarchies.
Smart Aarhus addresses both technical and social problems. The city of Aarhus is integrating and synchronizing its systems for water, transportation, energy, healthcare, waste removal/recycling, and so on while simultaneously working on ways to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Second, Smart Aarhus has been designed according to a collaborative organizational model. Cities can only become smarter by fostering greater collaboration among policymakers, companies, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Smart Aarhus was established as a “collaborative community” within the Danish frame for smart cities as set by the Danish Ministry for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs.
As far as governance is concerned, the initiative is overseen by a steering committee, including representatives from the local business community, research institutions, and the municipality. The Smart Aarhus secretariat works in close partnership with the municipality, Alexandra Institute, Aarhus University, and the Central Denmark Region as well as many different working groups, consisting of volunteers who work on challenges related to traffic, health, energy, culture, sustainability, and other areas.
Snow, Hakonsson & Obel (2016) A smart city is a collaborative community: lessons from smart Aarhus, in California Management Review, 92-108.