Innovation and Technology as driving forces for sustainable
urban & regional development
only since the RIO summit or local agenda21 processes, sustainability
is a major issue in urban and regional planning.A
well-balanced framework of ecological, economic and social
conditions for human beings and the environment has to be
established and its perseverance has to be secured.
Continous innovation and
intelligent application of technology are key factors to
enable sustainable development. The creative and intelligent
use of technology in spatial planning and environmental
management is crucial for the succesful development of cities
How can competing cities
and regions become succesful sustainable IT-regions? How
can they find their position by intelligent use of their
local and regional potential?
SOURCE: for public sector!? (Special
discussion regarding advantages and disadvantages of "freely"
software is a hot topic. Are open source products an interesting
and acceptable alternative to commercial products for public
sector? What are the advantages and disadvantages then?
What about the overall costs of different solutions? Is
it either-or, or is there a coexistence of licensed and
current tendencies even a threat to business and the well-functioning
of public administration? Which practical experiences do
already exist? Is the idea of open source only applicable
on software products?