Title: A web-based platform for strategy design in smart cities

Authors: Aroua Taamallah; Maha Khemaja; Sami Faiz

Addresses: ISITCom, University of Sousse, GP1 Hammam Sousse, 4011, Tunisia; TSIRS Research Unit, ENIT, University of Tunis, Belvedere, 1002, Tunis, Tunisia ' Prince Laboratory, ISITCom, University of Sousse, GP1 Hammam Sousse, 4011, Tunisia; The Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Sousse, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia ' ISAMM, University of Manouba, Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia; TSIRS Research Unit, ENIT, University of Tunis, Belvedere, 1002, Tunis, Tunisia

Abstract: Decision makers adopt the smart city paradigm as a solution to current problems of cities. They call for innovative strategies to transform cities to smart ones. The development process of strategies is hard, complex and repetitive. Identifying such a process and providing a web platform for strategies development may facilitate such a process. We identify a generalised development process of strategies from the analysis of existing smart cities initiatives. Then, we propose a web-based platform that allows stakeholders to communicate, design and share strategies for smart cities development. The platform is based on the use of ontologies for knowledge structuring and formal description of strategies. The provided framework was tested by stakeholders. They design strategies in educational domain in Sousse, a Tunisian city. The preliminary result of the use of the framework shows that the latter has been useful for stakeholders in the process of strategies development.

Keywords: smart city; strategy; strategic planning; development process; web platform.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2019.098698

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2019 Vol.15 No.1, pp.62 - 84

Available online: 15 Mar 2019 *

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