Green IT and Smart Cities

Green IT and Smart Cities

Green IT, also known as green computing, makes IT products and IT applications in an environmentally-friendly way. The objective is to minimize the negative environmental effects of manufacturing, operating and disposing of IT-related products and applications. The adoption of green IT can help address challenges to ensuring sustainability in smart cities.

Computer virtualization is one of the concepts used in green IT. The system administrator can combine several systems to a virtual machine on one single and robust system.

Cloud computing can address the issues of energy and resource consumption. Large enterprises, as well as small businesses, can transfer their on-premise applications to cloud computing and reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions by half.

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About the author

Dr. Mariana Damova is the CEO of Mozaika, a company providing research and solutions in the field of data science, reasoning with natural language semantics, and natural human computer interfaces, creativity enhancing applications, and research infrastructures for the humanities. Previously, she was a Business development Manager and a Knowledge Management Expert specializing in ontology engineering and linked data management at a world leading technology provider. She was instrumental in the successful winning and knowledge modelling of large data integration and management projects such as the Semantic Knowledge Base for The National Archive of the United Kingdom and Research Space for the British Museum, as well as European FP7 projects such as Europeana Creative and Multisensor. Her work focuses on the design and development of data integration infrastructures which allow efficient querying, access and navigation over linked data. She has managed the building of the official experimental Europeana SPARQL endpoint holding Europeana semantic data. Mariana holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart and teaches semantic technologies and multimedia at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She regularly reviews books and articles for ACM and has authored books and scientific articles in linguistics and semantic technologies. She has successfully lead international interdisciplinary teams and projects carrying technological risks, driven and managed change in engineering and operational contexts in North America and in Europe, and acquired the ability to leverage marketing requirements with knowledge intense technological solutions.

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