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Social Open DAta (SODA) represents both a complementary approach and a breakthrough: SODA is the next generation of current social networks.
The social, economical and environmental details of real communities are conveyed inside the social network. It is based on the assimilation of data coming from low-cost sensors deployed and worn by citizens in houses, workplaces, transportation, public spaces; citizens wear, carry and place sensors as a sign of community commitment. Individual, quantitative contribution is minimal; but collective, qualitative contribution is enormous, because of the ubiquity and capillarity achieved mixing public and private mobile communications infrastructure.
The social network is extended with a new layer featuring efficient access to smart community and city managed data, information and knowledge; both (1) emerging open-data models and (2) integrated development environments (enabling community members to easily create and deploy smart-community applications) play major roles in promoting crowd-sourced services, bottom-up innovation and citizen empowerment.