Smart cities, big data, and sustainability union

Sonali Kudva, Xinyue Ye

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Media convergence has changed relationships between existing technologies, industries, markets, and audiences. Smart cities are seen as the logical outcome of media convergence. Big Data form the basis and the output of smart technologies. In the last twenty years, there has been much discussion on smart cities, big data, and the need for sustainability in technological endeavors. This article combines these by providing an overview of the three subjects about their points of intersection. Identifying these points of intersection will help smart city researchers to better understand where there is need for further development towards better standards of living and increased sustainability. This review will provide directions for further research and provide a brief historical overview of how far research has come in the three intertwined identified areas towards designing, adapting, and managing smarter communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalBig Data and Cognitive Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Big data
  • Smart cities
  • Sustainable cities
  • Technology
  • Urban spaces


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