Access and Feeds

Open Data: Making Cities Smarter, More Innovative, and More Proactive

By Dick Weisinger

Open Data is the idea that data, particularly data collected by local, state and federal governments, should be made freely available for people to use and republish without any control or copyright restrictions. In the US, cities like Austin and San Francisco have been leaders in making data accessible.

Bart Gorynski, Managing Director of bee smart city program, said that “In smart cities, open data represents a powerful tool to facilitate open innovation and to foster urban innovation. As a result, the use of open data strengthens the ecosystem of smart city solutions”.

The benefits of Open Data include:

  • Increased transparency in Governance
  • Greater Trust and credibility among citizens
  • Promotes Innovation
  • Encourages Public Education and Community Engagement
  • Preserves Information Over Time

Dipna Pattni, Housing Manager in Kent, said that “by using open data to understand more about the demographic of our residents, we can create services which are preventative and tailored to the needs of those receiving them. Services can switch from reactively supporting people after a crisis, to preventing the crisis in the first place.”

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