Bologna Municipality (COBO)

Bologna Municipality (COBO)

Relevant Competence

One of the key points of the Municipality ITC Strategy is the horizontal, inter-institutional, multi-level cooperation and governance, in order to achieve resource effectiveness, generate synergies and standardise approaches and languages. Finding common grounds in policies and visions between institutions (and NGO) at local/territorial level is a crucial approach to reach our most important medium and long-term goals:

  • interactive/multichannel  and secure on line services implementation in a smart city context
  • eCitizenship, e-rights, e-inclusion (actions against different divides: digital, social, age, gender, etc.)
  • new media communication and mobile government development (wireless, seamless and ubiquitous internet) with focus on services and contents designed for for broadband “in motion”
  • social networking, web 2.0, semantic web, UGC, rating and folksonomy, tagging, geotagging, etc.
  • participative processes (on line and off line) in decision making in order to stimulate proactive citizens, mature users for e-gov services.

EU Projects

The Municipality of Bologna has a wide experience in the participation in European projects and currently participates (or has participated) as co-ordinator, main contractor or partner in many European projects. The commitment of Bologna in international activities is also confirmed by the participation of the City in the Steering Committee of important international networks such as EUROCITIES, European Digital Cities, Global Cities Dialogue, ICLEI (Bologna was a founder member), Creative Cities Network, WHO-Healthy cities network and has adopted the Charter of European Cities and Towns Towards Sustainability (The Aalborg Charter).

Other ongoing / recent projects are:

 - The PIKE project (Interreg IVC Programme, 2008-2010) had the main aim to improve regional and local Innovation & Knowledge Economy policies through the exchange, sharing and transfer of eGovernment and Wireless Broadband good practices coming from different regions, and through the integration of these good practices into the Convergence and Regional Competitiveness and Employment policies of all the participating regions.

 - The HANDS project (eTen Programme, 2005-07) has been focused on the development of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools to make easier and more effective the communication between citizens and public administrations. It is the “sequel” of EDEN project (see below).

 - The E-GOVERNMENT GUIDE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS project (Sokrates-Grundtvig Programme, 2004-07) aimed to foster better quality of life for senior citizens through dedicated e-government offers created towards their needs, and trained e-government guides who accompany elderly people during the learning processes.

 - eCitizen I (Interreg IIIC – 2004-2007) and eCitizen II (Interreg IVC – 2010-2012) aiming to exchange best practices on eGovernment around Europe;

- ECRN (CIP-PSP – 2008-2010)for the development of a European Civil Registry Network;

 - Smart-iP (CIP-PSP – 2010-2013) aiming to enhance Cities’ ability to grow and sustain a ‘smart city’ system in the fields of engagement, environment and mobility.

Role in the project

Associated Partner