The world is constantly changing and governments need to be more receptive and integrated, to understand and respond to new technology opportunities, social challenges, and citizen needs. 


New solutions, that are more integrated, enhance security and create personalized and engaging citizen experiences, entail breaking down service silos and seamlessly connecting and streamlining data and process flows. Digital transformation requires taking out outdated systems and practices and replacing them with new models based on the most relevant technologies.


The Gov-Tech Cluster promotes greater interaction between Government, Academia, Industry and Citizens (quadruple helix) to accelerate the use of the most prominent digital technology (Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing, Cybersecurity, IoT, Blockchain, Open/Big Data, etc.) within Government and improve the delivery of public services, by increasing efficiency and lowering costs.

The Cluster brings together a wide range of research, guidelines, tools, best practices, and people to help public sector organisations create novel optimized services or improving and integrating the existing ones.

Research Agenda

The Gov-Tech Cluster uses a combination of research, design, and technology to create opportunities and stimulate growth for public sector organisations in the following areas:

Smart City solutions for a Smart Government
In collaboration with the “Smart Cities and Regions Cluster”, the Gov-Tech Cluster helps governments to become smart, integrated, and sustainable. It supports the deployment of new technology to serve the collectivity in a collaborative and comprehensive manner and in various fields such as healthcare, building, mobility, etc.
AI-augmented government and predictive analytics
In collaboration with the “Digital Retail Cluster”, the Gov-Tech Cluster exploits AI cognitive technologies that are conquering the consumer world. It helps governments to benefit from data analytics and simulations by targeting likely problems before they explode, from spotting frauds to combating epidemics.
Data management and ethics
Data are growing and their management becomes ever more complex. The Gov-Tech Cluster helps governments in acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing data to ensure their accessibility, reliability, and timeliness. It also supports governments in the field of data ethics both as the owners of massive amounts of data and as regulators of data use in terms of privacy, equity, and transparency.
Open government and Open/Big Data
In collaboration with the “Digital Health Cluster”, the Gov-Tech Cluster helps governments to create effective Open Government initiatives in terms of transparency, participation and collaboration so to “empower” citizens and have their active participation in the government activities. Open/Big Data constitute an important aspect of this process and the Cluster supports governments in ensuring their availability and usability.
Innovation accelerator and test-before-use lab
Iterative, reality-tested, safe experimentation is critical to innovation, and the Gov-Tech Cluster provides governments with a safe government “lab” for test-before-use services. In particular, it provides access to an infrastructure that facilitates experimentation with new digital technologies (Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, IoT, etc.).


List of Publications:

Scientific Publications
M. Alfano, A. Borruso, G. Di Chiara, G. Gibilaro, F. Passantino, C. Spataro e D. Taibi. The process of developing Open Data guidelines for the city of Palermo: A best practice of citizen participation. Proc. of Linked Open Data: where are we? (LOD2014), 20-21 February 2014, Roma.