Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

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| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Zomaya

Big Data in Smart Cities

  • Zaheer Khan
  • Jan Peters-Anders
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63962-8_33-1



A smart city is a city which invests in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enhanced governance and participatory processes to develop appropriate public service, transportation, and energy infrastructures that can ensure sustainable socioeconomic development, healthy environment, enhanced quality-of-life, and intelligent management of environment and natural resources. From a technology perspective, smart cities are focused on capturing, processing, and making effective use of heterogeneous, temporal, and ever increasing large-scale or big urban data.


City governance is a complex phenomenon and requires new combinations of top-down and bottom-up ICT-enabled governance methodologies to efficiently manage cities. Cities are a major source of urban, socioeconomic, and environmental data, which provide basis for developing and testing Smart City solutions....

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Authors acknowledge that the work presented in this chapter was funded by the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and three European Commission projects: FP7 UrbanAPI (Grant# 288577), FP7 DECUMANUS (Grant# 607183) and H2020 Smarticipate (Grant# 693729). We also thank David Ludlow from the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK for reviewing and providing constructive feedback on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  2. 2.Austrian Institute of TechnologyViennaAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kamran Munir
    • 1
  • Antonio Pescapè
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science and Creative TechnologiesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Napoli Federico IINapoliItaly