Smart City indicators: A tool for strategic management in Croatian large cities – Smart City

Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb; TvojGrant@EIZ
Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
Collaborators: Željka Kordej-De Villa, Mislav Šagovac
Project duration: Febraury, 19 – September 30, 2018
 
Summary:

Project goal is to identify significant indicators for measuring competitiveness of 25 Croatian large cities (defined as cities with more than 35,000 inhabitants and county centres) through six components of the Smart City model following Giffinger’s et al. (2007) Smart City methodology.

Expected project result is to publish an article on Smart City indicators for strategic management in 25 Croatian large cities in internationally competitive scientific journal indexed in databases Web of Science Core Collection (Social Science Citation Index) and in the EIZ Working Papers, which will be presented at the EIZ Scientific Tuesday and conferences.

Project activities include: (i) collection of available data to measure indicators through six components of the Smart City model: Smart Economy, Smart People, Smart Governance, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment and Smart Living; (ii) preparation of questionnaires to collect additional information to measure Smart City indicators; (iii) development of about 80 indicators to compare 25 Croatian large cities; (iv) estimation of city development index using principal component analysis; (v) ranking of 25 Croatian large cities by city development index, which will assure city majors and councillors to use available information in the preparation and implementation of strategic decisions.

The first task is to collect a set of data for 25 large cities from national and local sources. These data are essential for constructing Smart City indicators; will be used to elaborate the role of Croatian large cities in smart specialisation of the whole country and its potential on local development. We will use web scraping techniques to collect publicly available data to measure indicators that represent degree of development of 25 Croatian large cities through six components of Smart City concept: smart economy, smart people, smart governance, smart mobility, smart environment and smart living. We will prepare questionnaires to collect additional information and data to measure Smart City indicators. We will develop around 80 Smart City indicators and estimate city development index using principal component analysis. We will rank 25 Croatian large cities by city development index. The aim of the city development index is a comparison of 25 Croatian large cities and an assessment of their comparative advantage in a wider international context. We will provide explanation for every city rankings by analysing the structure of our city-level data.
 

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