The First International WORKSHOP on advanced ICT and Community Development.

1st Stage BARCELONA 14 - 18 June 2016
2st Stage KOBE 15 - 16 Oct 2016

International Cooperation between Kobe and Barcelona
International Workshop for Data Visualization and Professional Tour for ICT related Urban Planning and Community Development.

The development of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) has resulted in a variety of innovations in our daily lives, as well as proving the resources for dynamic changes of our urban activities. Many attempts are made to increase the quality of life for the citizens through using those emerging technologies. For instance, they are the Bigdata analysis and the visualizations using such obtained datasets through the sensor networks and IoT (Internet of Thing). However, the human resources are largely shortened, who can understand its potentials and deal with the theme appropriately. Backdrop to this situation, City Council of Kobe and Barcelona organizes together the international workshop for the purpose of discovering new talent and foster them in order to open up the future of the next generation.

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The first stage of the international workshop to be held in Barcelona.
BARCELONA, 15 and 16 JUNE 2016

The first stage of the international workshop will be held in Barcelona, June (2016) and the second stage will be in Kobe, October (2016). Each participant makes a presentation of his/her visualization work. For this international workshop, any kinds of works will be accepted including static images, video, interactive works and applications for the mobile devices. We expect the innovative works such as the analytical comparison of urban conditions between the city of Kobe and Barcelona, intriguing works leading to the discovery and resolution for the social issues, which both cities have.

The challenge to the visualization for urban data

Data visualization is an effective tool when we think about the city, uncovering the issues and sharing the potential problems between citizens, as well as making the ideas for the possible solution. Also, it enables us to measure the effectiveness of its solution by establishing the relevant indicators after the implementations of the proposed solutions. Thus, data visualization can be the necessary tools for the urban analysis. For this international workshop, we work for data visualization from the viewpoint of how to use Bigdata and its visualization for applying to the urban planning and urbanism for the city.

Examples of data visualization
image by Eric Fischer on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Open Data

Opendata offered by the city council of Barcelona is available for this workshop. Currently, many cities in the world advance the opendata oriented policies. The relevant datasets about the city is uploaded in the website of the city council, and they are largely available for any purpose and any persons, who are willing to use them. The city council of Kobe and Barcelona also created the open data catalogue. Also, other public institutions such as the government, World Bank and European Unions also make the open data catalogue and make them available for anybody in the world. Those datasets work as the good resources for data visualization. The following links are the useful website of open data catalogues, including urban datasets, urban statistics and geo-spatial information about the city.

Tips for data visualization


DATA USA is the collaborative project between Deloitte, MIT Media Lab and Data Wheel. This is to visualize the urban condition of cities in U.S., and to compare them. Each category (i.e. the regional economy, population, education, life, health and security) enables us to visualize several indicators and capture the state of the city from the different viewpoints.

Trials of Kobe city in 2016

There are the following objectives for the trials of Kobe city for 2016. Let’s consider the state of the city of Kobe against those objectives and how to measure the achievements and their indicators.

The high presence internationally

This international workshop is the good opportunity to get new ideas for the city by exchanging the opinions with the mentors and local participants.

The participants will be recruited not only from Japan but also from Spain.

There is a translation services for Japanese participants.

The opportunity for making the networking with the local citizens in Barcelona

Exchange information with the local citizens and key players of ICT enhanced urbanism in Barcelona. These contacts will be helpful and useful for each participant’s professional carriers.

Held at the world heritage

Finaly, we have determined the Hospital de Sant Pau to the venu.

This architecture was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner who was one of the important architect in Spain along with Gaudi.
In 1997 this architecture and Palau de la Música Catalana was enrolled in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Currently, Hospital de Sant Pau finished the role as a hospital for the aging, and then repair work is in progress.
CASA Asia decides to sponsor our program, and realized workshops in the world heritage.

Fabra i Coats photo by Gregg Tavares on Flickr
hall photo by Montse Poch on Flickr
Image of Workshop Photo from Sant Pau Recinte Modernista


Yoshimura Yuji

Yuji Yoshimura

Cofounder of laboratory urban DECODE and MIT SENSEable City Lab Research Affiliate. He worked for UNESCO Chair for Sustainability, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency and Centro de Innovacion en Transport (CENIT). His researches focus on the sensor networks and Big Data analysis for urban planning and architecture. His recent works include the analysis of visitors’ behaviors in the Louvre Museum (http://senseable.mit.edu/louvre/).

Konstantinos Kourkoutas

Konstantinos Kourkoutas

Cluster Manager of CORE Smart and Sustainable Cities, as well as Living Lab coordinator at UAB. The CORE (COmunitats de Recerca Estratègiques) are research clusters, knowledge generators and transfer platform, formed by research centres and groups from the UAB Campus of International Excellence. The CORE networks are established with a strategic outlook towards Global, European as well as national / regional challenges. He hold Ph.D in Urbanisme from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 2015.

Program (tentative)

15 June
10:00Introduction/welcome speech:
Taisuke Matsuzaki
Manager In ICT Development Creative City Promotion DepartmentPlanning and Coordination Bureau City of Kobe
10:10key speech:To be confirmed
11:10The short presentations from the private sector, public sector and educational sectors in Kobe and Barcelona
12:00Coffee break
12:30presentations by the participants from Kobe and Barcelona (each 10min by 10 person).There is simultaneous translation between Japanese and Castellano.
14:30Casual Lunch and free talk
16:00Conference of the key persons from Barcelona and Kobe: Data visualization case studies
  • Mar Santamaria (300.000km/s, UPC)
  • Francesc Muñoz (UAB)
  • Nobuaki Nagai (City Council of Kobe)
  • Iwao Kobayashi (Code for Yokohama)

(more speakers from Barcelona and moderator are to be confirmed)

16 June
10:00Presentations by the participants from Kobe and Barcelona (each 10min by 10 person).There is simultaneous translation between Japanese and Castellano.
12:00Group working between Japanese participants and local people
13:45Mentor’s general comments and reviews for the second stage
14:00Casual lunch and free talks
16:00Conference and round tables

(Speakers and moderator are to be confirmed)

ICT and Community Development Tour at BARCELONA City

ICT and Community Development Tour at BARCELONA City

We have the professional tour to visit the core institutions and companies for Opendata and Bigdata analysis for the city of Barcelona at 17th of June (Friday). Mr. Yoshimura (laboratory urban DECODE) coordinates the visiting places. Also he guides the tour and makes the translations from Spanish to Japanese.

photo by Bengt Nyman on WIKIMEDIA COMMONS (CC-BY 2.0)

"Barcelona"- one of the most innovative city in terms of Opendata and Bigdata based policy-making city in the Europa

Barcelona is aiming at making the creative industries and innovations since the beginning of early 90’s. The city of Barcelona participated in ICING project (2006-2008), which is one of the earliest projects of the smart city, using the sensor networks and the Bigdata analysis obtained from those sensors from the streets. Since 2011, Barcelona hosts the Smart City World Congress, which is the biggest event for this field. Barcelona was selected as the most innovative city in EU at March, 2014.

European Capital of Innovation European Capital of Innovation

"Open Government"- the collaboration between citizens and public administrations

Barcelona is promoting the open-innovation through the collaboration with the citizens and private companies in the city, and created the idea of “City OS“ as a decoupling layer between data sources and technological solutions, in which the most complex city processes would be modeled and new situation simulated to help city managers take real time decisions.

Dialog Dialog Photo by Fabra i Coats Fàbrica de Creació de Barcelona on Flickr

Professional visiting tours (tentative)

IMI - Institut Municipal d´Informatica de Barcelona
IMI is an autonomous entity belonging to the Barcelona City Council with more than 200 professionals working in it. It is devoted to provide ICT solutions and to promote the ICT innovation development in the entire municipality. Besides, IMI is the entity responsible for eGovernment strategy of the city from the decision upon the launching of new public services and the internal reengineering processes. IMI is also in charge of the entire base information of the city (statistics, registry, city map).
Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency
BCN Ecologia is a public consortium dedicated to rethink cities in key of sustainability. They apply a systemic approach to the management of cities to encourage a more sustainable model. In order to achieve this, the agency provides sustainable solutions related to mobility, energy, waste management, water management, urban planning, biodiversity and social cohesion. Together with their beneficiaries, BCNecologia identifies problems and their causes, makes proposals, analyzes the technical feasibility, quantifies the results and provides administrative support in managing and implementing projects.
Barcelona Activa and 22@BCN walking tour
Barcelona Activa is integrated in the Area of Employment, Enterprise and Tourism at Barcelona City Council; it is responsible for promoting the economic development of the city, designing and implementing employment policies for citizens, and encouraging the development of a diversified local economy. For the last 30 years it has been a driving force behind Barcelona and its hinterland's economic activity, supporting policies to develop employment, entrepreneurship and business, while promoting the city and its strategic sectors internationally, but from a regional perspective.
Els Ateneus de Fabricacio
Els Ateneus de Fabricació is a new public service where people learn, work and collaborate to make ideas, which, in turn, can help to transform the social development. The goal is to expand and coordinate the citizen participation across the city district, which aims to be “bottom-up“, based on the social innovation and collaborative economy.
22@BCN 22@BCN photo by e-architect

Agenda in Barcelona

14 June (Tue)Japanese participants will arrive in BCN at the afternoon. Welcome party at night
15 June (Wed)the first day of the workshop and conference
16 June (Thu)second day of the workshop and conference
17 June (Fri)the professional tour
18 June (Sat)Japanese participants will leave Barcelona at the afternoon

2nd Stage Workshop at KOBE

The second stage of the international workshop will be held in October (2016) in Kobe. The final winner of the best presentation will be announced there.
KOBE, 15-16 OCT 2016

The second stage of the international workshop will be held in October, Kobe (Japan). After the key speeches by the mentors invited by Barcelona, the participants will present their own works, which are largely improved from the first stage in Barcelona. Then, the winner of the best presentation will be announced in the end of the events. The detail will be informed soon at this webpage.

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