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Cities Must Share Tech Network Ideas

Cities in the developed world face challenges retrofitting tech into the built environment, while those in the developing world have the opportunity to install it early on. But all of them could benefit by sharing best-practices, says Peter Madden, chief executive of the Future Cities Catapult.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:04 EST | 10
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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 1:05:11 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
In fairness, open source software isn't much without proprietary adaptations. So that makes it ideal for enterprise systems, and a great way for big vendors to maintain their lead in software development services.

mejiac
mejiac  
1/2/2014 12:56:33 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
@Mary Jander,

Agreed,

I think open source is a good stepping stone when looking and researching a solution, but many times (if not all) a proprietary solution is sought.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 10:06:15 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
Indeed, mejiac, there is a compelling argument for open source; and I think that in recent years, we've seen the benefits of this approach -- and hence its increased credibility with enterprises and vendors.

At the same time, open source doesn't preclude vendors from the kind of development work and proprietary adaptations they specialize in.

mejiac
mejiac  
12/30/2013 4:06:02 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
@Mary Jander,

Agreed, there are IT solutions that should be shared, reason why I think that open source those provide ways for cities to implemente prototype solutions, that can be then tailored for a definitive implementation.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/11/2013 1:03:18 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
I think it depends, Rich. While some technology is important to keep for profit, there are a lot of IT solutions that can and should be shared widely or even standardized. An example is network management. For years, vendors kept the management of their wares so proprietary that it made it extremely difficult for users to manage their multivendor networks. It wasn't that the vendors made a lot of money on management; it's that they just didn't believe in working to help a multivendor environment.

richheap
richheap  
12/11/2013 10:34:09 AM
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Re: Sharing best practices
Yes, you're right Mary. But James's comment was about inventions and discoveries being "held ransom for profit". To me, that suggests an argument that they should be given away to all and sundry, and that it's bad for the technology provider to make a profit from that knowledge. But perhaps I've missed the point and, if I have, I hope James will correct me.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/11/2013 10:15:08 AM
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Re: Sharing best practices
I think what the video describes, though, is the need for cities to share what they find useful in tech. This is different from vendors giving away the store. If a city has succeeded, for instance, in implementing a parking automation plan, then why shouldn't that plan be shared with a neighboring municipality, including the vendors and contractors used?

Reinventing the wheel is so counterproductive when it comes to city projects.

richheap
richheap  
12/11/2013 3:50:35 AM
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Re: Sharing best practices
That'd be ideal, James. But, given the economic system we're working in, do you think this sort of widespread sharing of ideas and technology is realistic? If companies spend a lot of time and money developing new inventions, do we really want them to give them away for nothing? If they do that then surely they wouldn't have the money to invest in creating the next invention.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
12/10/2013 9:15:49 PM
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Re: Sharing best practices
Nyet, we need more sharing between and outside of our boundaries to benifit all of mankind.  Inventions and discoveries that become proprietary and held ransom for profit hold back urban development.  As our world becomes smaller we need to be able to trust and develop with each other to reach our full potential and become really smart cities and civilizations.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/10/2013 12:39:10 PM
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Sharing best practices
Great points here. Sharing best practices is so important anywhere, but particularly in cities that are seeking to advance and build on past good experience. Do we need any stronger endorsement these days of cooperation in all urban endeavors?

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