Digital sustainability goals

We work towards digital sustainability goals in Urban ICT Arena. Every project run in the open testbed has to be related to them. Though, there is no requirement that they all are fulfilled – yet. 🙂

We have noticed that when people relate their projects to these goals they tend to get a broader sense of what digitalization means and what results it can lead to in terms of possibilities/challenges/extra work/added value, and so on.

Positioning – define the project in relation to what is going on in your own organization, the surrounding environment and in Urban ICT Arena.

Interoperability – describe how the project addresses the ability of different systems to interoperate and communicate with one another, in both the short and long term.

Scalability – describe how the solution developed by the project can be used on a large scale.

Sustainable solution over time – it is important that a method, product or service serves/fulfills its purpose over a long period of time. This can involve employing standards, creating standards etc. Describe the project’s approach to this.

Retrofitting – means a solution should be capable of implementation in older existing infrastructure/equipment by replacing/adding parts. It is important to take this into account where relevant. Is it possible? Mandatory? Irrelevant?

Resilience – means the ability to provide and maintain an acceptable level of service in the face of faults and challenges to normal operation.

Openness – infrastructure characterized by transparency relative to project participants, technologies and business models has greater potential for innovation, upscaling, diffusion and development. How does the project promote open, horizontal infrastructure?

Access/Communication – ensure there are no unnecessary obstacles to communication between different devices within the infrastructure. Elaborate on the project’s process for identifying and eliminating such barriers. This is also about making sure that the service/solution/product is easy for the end user to access.

Article written by Petra Dalunde

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