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Johanna Ylipulli, Aale Luusua, Smart cities with a Nordic twist? Public sector digitalization in Finnish data-rich cities, Telematics and Informatics, Volume 55, 2020, 101457, ISSN 0736-5853,

Smart cities with a Nordic twist? : public sector digitalization in Finnish data-rich cities

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Author: Ylipulli, Johanna1,2; Luusua, Aale3
Organizations: 1Information Networks, School of Science, Aalto University, P.O. Box 15400, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland
2Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 4, FI-00014, Finland
3INTERACT Research Group, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, FI-90014, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-07-01


The article studies the urban digitalization and smart city development in the context of Nordic society. The exploration focuses on city officials’ views concerning the two largest cities in Finland, Helsinki and Espoo. Both cities are investing heavily on urban digitalization, and they are also building specific smart city districts. The central contexts for the study are the Nordic welfare state model and Finnish cities’ role in society as crucial service providers. The article follows especially conceptualizations connected to urban data which have been highlighted in recent critical smart city research and are also at the heart of the studied cities’ digitalization programmes.

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Series: Telematics and informatics
ISSN: 0736-5853
ISSN-E: 1879-324X
ISSN-L: 0736-5853
Volume: 55
Article number: 101457
DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2020.101457
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
113 Computer and information sciences
211 Architecture
212 Civil and construction engineering
Funding: We wish to thank our interviewees for sharing their time and views with us. Dr. Luusua would like to thank the Academy of Finland for funding the project Experiencing Artificial Intelligence in the Smart City: Co-creating applications for urban life (AI City), grant number 316136.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316136
Detailed Information: 316136 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license