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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 06:14 GMT
City among the world's smartest
Dundee has reached the top seven for the second time
Dundee is one of the smartest cities in the world, according to a group of computer technology experts.

The area has made it into the final seven in the Intelligent Community of the Year awards, organised by a New York-based think tank.

It is the only place in the UK to make it to the final stage of the contest, where it is up against regions in the US, Canada, South Korea and Estonia.

The winner of the award will be revealed in May.

The contest is organised by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

'Dynamic place'

Announcing Dundee's placed in the final list, the group said: "This former industrial centre known for 'jute, jam and journalism' has transformed itself through intensive government-academic-business collaboration and broadband deployment into a UK centre for life sciences and digital media.

"An innovative smart card for citizens was so successful that the Scottish Government asked Dundee to run its national program.

"With rising net job growth and business starts, Dundee has created a digital observatory to track its future progress as an intelligent community." Dundee also made it through to the last seven of the competition in 2007.

The leader of Dundee City Council, Kevin Keenan, said: "It is vital that the council, its partners in the universities, the public and private sectors and the wider community of Dundee keep taking initiatives to build on the city's growing reputation as one that is transforming itself into an attractive modern and dynamic place to live and work."

Last year's winner of the award was Waterloo in Canada, the home of the Blackberry wireless e-mail device.

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