- 11 Mar 2016
- CITY AS DATAVORE
An open letter to the next Mayor of London by Eddie Copeland, explaining why they need a London Office of...
How does the city use data to optimize services and provide the raw material for innovation?
Data is an increasingly valuable economic asset and forms an important raw material both for civic innovation and for a growing number of businesses.
Cities produce a great deal of data, relating to everything from school results to bus timetables and energy consumption. The range, volume and frequency of data are growing rapidly as cities start to install sensors into everything from streetlights to parking bays.
High-performing cities are finding ways to turn this ‘big data’ into smart data, by building it into their decision making and using it to optimise services. Inevitably, they require the assistance of innovative businesses to do this.
Opening this data and inviting outsiders to engage with it is equally important, and can lead to a new source of economic growth for a city.
Use data analytics to optimise city services
Publish open data
Publish live data with appropriate APIs
The City of Amsterdam has developed a significant portfolio of smart city projects. The city dashboard draws on the open data made available and displays this on a single dashboard accessible to everyone.
Siemens and partners are creating a ‘smart’ city in Vienna, Austria, a living lab that will test designs and systems for intelligent cities of the future. By opening up the Aspern district as a testbed, new solutions are being developed in intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, water management and smart grid infrastructure.
The Greater London Authority has launched the second version of its pioneering London Datastore. It now contains 850 datasets with open APIs covering 16 themes from employment and skills to transparency and health, allowing entrepreneurs the opportunity to use the data to create new businesses and solve city problems.