2016 marks the start of the Green Digital Charter training activities under GuiDanCe!

The Green Digital Charter monitoring report wants to provide an overview of the main trends and development of the signatory cities towards their commitments. The report, first of a series, will be available in March 2016.

By and large, cities are on track to meeting their GDC commitments, although a few challenges remain. These can be grouped in three main categories: (i) funding, (ii) governance and (iii) data, standards and interoperability.

Concept of Hand with Electronic Fingerprints --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Concept of Hand with Electronic Fingerprints — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The GuiDanCe project is working closely with the signatory cities to look at these challenges and shape its future activities accordingly.

On-site trainings and online webinars are being planned throughout 2016 and 2017 which reflect the challenges faced by the signatory cities. Work shadowing events will pair up cities that face similar challenges, but are at different stages of implementation. These events will aim to improve the implementation of local ICT and smart city-related policies.

What’s next?


24 February: Digital strategies

How are European cities creating local digital strategies? Which steps and which actors are involved in the process? In this webinar, the representative from the city of Valencia, Gent and Vienna (tbc) will present their dos and don’ts coming from their city experience in developing successful strategies to promote ICT solution.

16 March: Urban platforms

Urban Platforms form a core building block by which cities better manage the current explosion in volumes of city data and more easily share this data between city services in order to improve outcomes for society. Few cities in Europe have implemented such solutions. Let’s hear from their experience!

30 March: Standards

Standards and interoperability reduce the cost of ICT solutions making them widely available throughout Europe. This webinar will present the work done until now by cities. More information will follow.

To register for one or more of these webinars click here.