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Building the Information Society: Learning from Portuguese Digital Cities and Regions

Building the Information Society: Learning from Portuguese Digital Cities and Regions

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Moutinho, J., (2004), “Building the Information Society: Learning from Portuguese Digital Cities and Regions”, Dissertação para Mestre em Engenharia e Gestão de Tecnologia pelo Centro de Estudos em Inovação, Tecnologia e Políticas de Desenvolvimento (IN+) do Instituto Superior Técnico. Orientador: Professor Doutor Manuel Frederico Tojal de Valsassina Heitor, Professor Catedrático, do Instituto Superior Técnico, da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Co-orientador: Doutor Rui Manuel Leitão da Silva Santos, Professor Auxiliar da Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Abstract:The development of case studies in selected Portuguese cities and regions which have been engaged in “digital city and region” projects is considered in this dissertation in a way to discuss main challenges, and opportunities, for mobilizing the information society in Portugal. This dissertation grew out of the interest of understanding the processes of innovation and technology diffusion at a territorial level. It is argued that knowledge networks have the potential to attract people, energize communities and make both public administration and markets more effective, but they require infrastructures, incentives and adequate institutional frameworks. The analysis builds on the co-evolution of regional development and the endogenous process of technical change, namely in terms of the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is argued that the territory is a basic infrastructure that justifies and invites for the construction of several layers of information, but above all for communication infrastructures and digital contents well arranged with local contexts. It is suggested that knowledge networks as particular forms of communities of practice, interest or proximity are important drivers of larger communities of users.
Moutinho, J., (2004), “Building the Information Society: Learning from Portuguese Digital Cities and Regions”, Dissertação para Mestre em Engenharia e Gestão de Tecnologia pelo Centro de Estudos em Inovação, Tecnologia e Políticas de Desenvolvimento (IN+) do Instituto Superior Técnico. Orientador: Professor Doutor Manuel Frederico Tojal de Valsassina Heitor, Professor Catedrático, do Instituto Superior Técnico, da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Co-orientador: Doutor Rui Manuel Leitão da Silva Santos, Professor Auxiliar da Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Abstract:The development of case studies in selected Portuguese cities and regions which have been engaged in “digital city and region” projects is considered in this dissertation in a way to discuss main challenges, and opportunities, for mobilizing the information society in Portugal. This dissertation grew out of the interest of understanding the processes of innovation and technology diffusion at a territorial level. It is argued that knowledge networks have the potential to attract people, energize communities and make both public administration and markets more effective, but they require infrastructures, incentives and adequate institutional frameworks. The analysis builds on the co-evolution of regional development and the endogenous process of technical change, namely in terms of the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is argued that the territory is a basic infrastructure that justifies and invites for the construction of several layers of information, but above all for communication infrastructures and digital contents well arranged with local contexts. It is suggested that knowledge networks as particular forms of communities of practice, interest or proximity are important drivers of larger communities of users.

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Universidade T\u00e9cnica de Lisboa
Instituto Superior T\u00e9cnico

Digital Cities and the Challenges for a
Knowledge-Based View of the Territory:
Evidence from Portugal

Jose Luiz de Araujo Moutinho Neto
Licenciado em Biologia e Arquitectura
Disserta\u00e7\u00e3o para obten\u00e7\u00e3o do Grau de Mestre em
Engenharia e Gest\u00e3o de Tecnologia
Orientador: Doutor Manuel Frederico Tojal de Valsassina Heitor, Professor
Catedr\u00e1tico, do Instituto Superior T\u00e9cnico, da Universidade T\u00e9cnica de Lisboa
(Orientador cient\u00edfico)
Co-orientador: Doutor Rui Manuel Leit\u00e3o da Silva Santos, Professor Auxiliar da
Faculdade de Ci\u00eancias Humanas, da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Presidente: Doutor Manuel Frederico Tojal de Valsassina Heitor, Professor
Catedr\u00e1tico, do Instituto Superior T\u00e9cnico, da Universidade T\u00e9cnica de Lisboa
(Orientador cient\u00edfico)
Vogal: Doutor Pedro Manuel Barbosa Veiga, Professor Catedr\u00e1tico da Faculdade de
Ci\u00eancias, da Universidade de Lisboa
Vogal: Doutor Rui Miguel Loureiro Nobre Baptista, Professor Catedr\u00e1tico da
Faculdade de Ci\u00eancias, da Universidade de Lisboa
Vogal: Doutor Rui Manuel Leit\u00e3o da Silva Santos, Professor Auxiliar da Faculdade
de Ci\u00eancias Humanas, da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
12 de Abril de 2005
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Index

Abstract............................................................................................................................... 3
Resumo............................................................................................................................... 4
Acknowledgments............................................................................................................... 5
Chapter I \u2013 Introduction...................................................................................................... 6
The Scope of the Work: Cities and Knowledge Networks........................................... 11
Early concepts of digital cities: Amsterdam and Kyoto............................................... 18
Background: Building the information society in Europe............................................ 21
Building the information society in Portugal................................................................ 35
Chapter II \u2013 Selected Case Studies in Portugal................................................................ 45
C3ities Methodology..................................................................................................... 46
The Digital Cities Program........................................................................................... 49
Alentejo Digital............................................................................................................. 55
Aveiro Digital............................................................................................................... 60
Tr\u00e1s-os-montes Digital.................................................................................................. 66
Bragan\u00e7a Digital........................................................................................................... 69
Chapter III \u2013 Discussion and conclusions......................................................................... 72
Mobilizing the information society with digital cities and regions.............................. 72
Fostering knowledge networks..................................................................................... 78
Conceptual framework.................................................................................................. 82
Public policies and the social and cultural shaping of ICTs......................................... 86
References....................................................................................................................... 102

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Abstract

The development of case studies in selected Portuguese cities and regions which have been engaged in \u201cdigital city and region\u201d projects is considered in this dissertation in a way to discuss main challenges, and opportunities, for mobilizing the information society in Portugal. This dissertation grew out of the interest of understanding the processes of innovation and technology diffusion at a territorial level. It is argued that knowledge networks have the potential to attract people, energize communities and make both public administration and markets more effective, but they require infrastructures, incentives and adequate institutional frameworks. The analysis builds on the co-evolution of regional development and the endogenous process of technical change, namely in terms of the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is argued that the territory is a basic infrastructure that justifies and invites for the construction of several layers of information, but above all for communication infrastructures and digital contents well arranged with local contexts. It is suggested that knowledge networks as particular forms of communities of practice, interest or proximity are important drivers of larger communities of users.

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