Digital City Experts – making administrative staff drivers for the digital era
ERASMUS+ : 2020-1-DE02-KA204-007745
There are various unstructured attempts at municipal and EU level to build up an exchange of knowledge about Smart Cities. This is especially true for towns and municipalities of smaller size across Europe, although they are in need of digital innovations to stay attractive for citizens, enterprises and tourist. Apart from the „Nordic Smart City Network“, Smart City activities are more national based, there is no mutual learning from each other or the exchange is limited only to metropolises and larger cities. Despite the pressure especially on small and medium-sized cities in the course of digitization, the municipal administration employee level is not taken into account. But they are the implementers.
For instance in Germany and Italy administrations have great decision-making power in and for digital projects, but are not sufficiently qualified for these strategic tasks and are therefore less able to act. To offer a solution the project aims at setting up a European training- and knowledge platform that makes the digitization of towns more tangible for the target group of
administrative employees, administrative assistants as well as for stakeholders and citizens.
Additionally partners will create a curriculum to qualify relevant actors in administrations to become "Digital City Experts" and thus build up in-house knowledge on the topic Smart City.