Understanding digital cities

Toru Ishida*

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As a platform for community networks, information spaces using the city metaphor are being developed in worldwide. This paper compares the trials of digital cities. Four digital cities, those of America Online, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Kyoto, are introduced. It is interesting to note that each digital city has a different goal: to explore a vertical market, a public communication space, a next generation metropolitan network, and a social information infrastructure for the 21st century, respectively. Their different services, system architectures, and organizations result from the different goals. Digital cities will change together with the advance of computer and network technologies. No digital city can remain at its current status. This paper reviews those digital cities to have a better understanding of their current status and future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Cities - Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives
EditorsToru Ishida, Katherine Isbister
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783540672654
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 1999 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 1999 Sept 11999 Sept 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1765 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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