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Searching in the Smart City? An Information Access Challenge

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Searching in the Smart City? An Information Access Challenge

  1. 1. Searching in the Smart City? An Information Access Challenge DESIRES 2021 — 2nd International Conference on Design of Experimental Search & Information REtrieval Systems. 16.09.2021. Dr. Dirk Ahlers Smart Sustainable Cities Group NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/dirk.ahlers
  2. 2. 2 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge
  3. 3. 3 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Guiding Question InfAccess / Search Engine(s) Smart Cities Cities, Citizens, Data, Systems, Integration Why is there no smart city search engine? How would one look like? What is the challenge from an Information Access perspective? What are opportunities, benefits, options, requirements, integration challenges, …?
  4. 4. 4 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Smart City ICT Strategies • Open ecosystem, not only driven by municipality • Integration and combination of systems and silos • Enabling urban change, Sustainable and livable urban futures – Environmental, economical, societal, technical challenges – Increase sustainability, resilience, livability – Improve services, enable new services – Digital transformation, digitalization – Real-time city understanding • Scalable and transferable solutions • Combination of low- and high-tech solutions • Integrated solutions, not only ICT
  5. 5. 5 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Smart City Services Application Domains • Public/city services • Service discovery • Location-aware services, POIs, Events • LBSN • Tourist/route recommendations • Mobility, transport, EVs, public transport • Social learning/Communities/SN • Context-aware services • Smart urban environments • Sustainable behavior • City planning/decision support • Personal assistants • Integrative systems Data Sources • Service websites/APIs • City services • (City) Open Data • POI and event data • Mobility options • Social Networks • User interactions • Mobility traces • IoT/sensors • Crowdsourced data • City maps/survey data • Photos/(CCTV) • Emergent sources
  6. 6. 6 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Smart City Search? • Much information already available in usual SEs • Make life easier, make sustainability easier • Access to existing and new services • Integrating over different systems (and ecosystems) – Do individual services well – Support integration across systems • Data and information needs to be findable and accessible – Services/data available on Web/app/APIs – Services/data as public & open as possible • Complex integrated search – (e.g. bar + gt + public transport + view)
  7. 7. 7 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Topics of Interest Smart City Search Specific Search Systems Evaluation? Handling Complexity Privacy Openness Cross- Domain integration Data & system integration and interoperability Scenario- based approaches Context- awareness Integrated Inf Access Citizens, Users, Stakeholders … …
  8. 8. 8 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Takeaways • Smart City is a challenging cross-domain IA scenario • New challenges and opportunities arising • The How is quite open • Make cities more livable, sustainable, understandable! Cities, Citizens, Data, Systems, Integration
  9. 9. 9 Searching in the Smart City? – An Information Access Challenge Q&A Contact Dirk Ahlers search://Dirk Ahlers @dirkahlers dirk.ahlers@ntnu.no [http://desires.dei.unipd.it/papers/paper-19.pdf.pdf] • Q: What are your requirements to a smart city search engine?

Editor's Notes

  • Handle growing urbanization
  • Example of public transport info/maps/routes

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