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21c President and Founder, Dr Julia Glidden was invited by Google to be a key speaker at their TEDx event on Smart Cities. Speaking to over 200 members of Google Julia set out the concept of using a city as an innovation platform, using open data to harness the power of a cities greatest resource – its citizens.

21c President and Founder, Dr Julia Glidden was invited by Google to be a key speaker at their TEDx event on Smart Cities. Speaking to over 200 members of Google Julia set out the concept of using a city as an innovation platform, using open data to harness the power of a cities greatest resource – its citizens.


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  1. 1. The Smart City as a Data City: Taking Us Back to the Future? Dr. Julia Glidden 21c Consultancy 1st December 2014
  2. 2. .The ‘Smart’ Future is Near….
  3. 3. And Might Just Take Us to the Past….
  4. 4. The Smart City Concept
  5. 5. Data as the Fuel….
  6. 6. …The Citizen as the Driver
  7. 7. … And the Neighbourhood at the Centre
  8. 8. The Enablers are Everywhere
  9. 9. Smart Phones are Smart….
  10. 10. And they are Going ‘Glocal’
  11. 11. Thanks to Citizen Sensors
  12. 12. The Possibilities are Limitless
  13. 13. From the Less Salubrious….
  14. 14. To the More Practical….
  15. 15. The Stakeholders are Getting on Board
  16. 16. Public Sector…
  17. 17. Private Sector …
  18. 18. Citizens….
  19. 19. With Benefits for Cities… ‘London Fire Labs’ visualises the impact of Fire Station closures and make smarter strategic choices TFL Live Feeds power more than 5000 Apps helping Londoners navigate the city more effectively Open Workspaces gives Small Businesses access to up-to-the- minute information about affordable workspaces near them
  20. 20. What has been Missing so Far….
  21. 21. Three Steps to making a City an Open Data- Powered Innovation Platform Preparing Government to be effective Platforms by combining the release of open data with template apps to catalyse innovation Validating Government as a ‘Platform of Platforms’ via a vertically integrated, end-to- end service demonstrator Leveraging Government as the ultimate shared economy ‘Collaborative Platform’ provider 1 2 3
  22. 22. Step 1: Open the Data & Create Apps
  23. 23. Step 2: Aggregate & Sell the Services
  24. 24. Step 3: Deliver an Innovation Platform
  25. 25. The Smart City as an IT Sharing City
  26. 26. Conclusion Need Innovation Roadmaps: • Use your organisation as a platform • Pick a business area that matters • Open and link data! • Engage the community • Support innovation • Think cross-border!

Editor's Notes

  • The data held by governments has the potential to:
    drive new services
    inspire completely new solutions
    improve the way we live our lives.
    Data opened to creative people fuels new discoveries
    Open Data innovation at a pace and scale far larger than government could hope to achieve alone.

  • Local Live – ‘Whilst the internet has for years been about reaching out beyond virtual and real borders, our smartphones are the key to unlocking local opportunities, experiences and information’ -
  • As the online world becomes Mobile, Laptop sales decrease in favour of Tablets
    Almost half a billion tablets will ship in 2013 and 2014 alone

    Worldwide sales of smartphones exceeded those of feature phones in early 2013.
    As of July 2013, 90% of global consumer handset sales are attributed to the purchase of iPhone and Android smartphones.

    Mobile: ‘Smart Phones are Smart and they are getting Smarter’ Always on, always active – with web apps overtaking social media and sms accorging to a Google Home Grown study on advanced mobile trends -

  • Geolocation:The next frontier for software development may just be geolocation. Or the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object, such as a radar, mobile phone or an Internet-connected computer terminal. (November 2012)
    Nearly 60 percent of smartphone users employ apps that access their location data (April 2012)

  • Ordinary people become spatial sensors or reporters
    Millions of potential sensors
    Geo-Location: Local, Local, Local
  • Smart Phones, Geolocation, Open Data, Citizen Generated Data Coming Together to create new Opportunities
    Points of interest: Restaurants, Tourist Sites
    Weather: When I land
    Safety: Did my child get to school ok?
    Transport: When do the trains really arrive?
  • Google Maps: Since 2005/6 – access to user-friendly web based spatial information portals has increased dramatically Google Earth and Google Maps is probably the most significant development in access to spatial information for the public
    Google Public Data Directory: This site provides a 14 page-long list that directs you to national and supranational statistics portals (e.g. UK’s Office of National Statistics, EU’s Eurostat), as well as those belonging to the international institutions like World Bank and IMF. There aren’t any links to Open Data (or public data 2.0) as we understand it for Citadel. So it’s a good place to look for global rankings and statistics on things like unemployment and green-house gas emissions, but doesn’t have location-based data like public libraries or vaccination facilities.
    Google Open Data ToolKit: This site provides an interesting set of tools designed primarily for organisations working in the developing countries. The basic idea behind it is to make survey data easy to collect and process. Questionnaires are completed using a mobile device and sent to a server which aggregates all of the incoming information. You can then display this data in a spreadsheet or on a map (where each marker corresponds to one form). One other interesting feature of this toolkit is that it allows users/respondents to send attachments (e.g. pictures) together with the form/questionnaire. Opendatakit outperforms Citadel in sophistication and take-up, but its raison d’etre is different from ours, so we are not competing in the same league.
    Open Streetmaps & Wikimapia: Wikimapia in modelled on the Wikipedia and is dedicated to describing the world
    Any Web user is able to focus on any part of the world at any scale using a Google Maps interface, identify a feature by outlining its footprint, and provide descriptive information that may include a name, links to other information sources, text, and imagery . Wikimapia at present provides over 12 million descriptions of features ranging from whole continents to individual houses or features

  • Non-geographic/spatial users supplying data
    Large variations in quality
    Greater level of subjectivity
    Multiple entries
    Possible IP issues
    Possible legal issues
    Existing data standards may need to be reviewed
  • An innovation roadmap for the city……. To bring these concepts together into a coherent whole for cities
    We need to recognise that current systems/institutional processes are/were not designed for a dynamic and demanding information environment
    Government bureaucracies are still the warehouse/custodian of much of our fundamental data – but have a significant degree of institutional inertia
    May not necessarily be models of innovation or more responsive information management
    Traditional government and private sector mapping organisations need to acknowledge the power and capability of users
    Move to e-government portals for input of citizen volunteered spatial information for continuous improvement of data
    Greater use of mobile technologies and positioning systems to improve the currency and positional quality
    Better collaborative models need to be established across government-private sectors to reduce duplication of data collection and improve reliability
    Users now more interactive and often driving change
  • Any Google search will reveal a number of interested strategic initiatives by private sector giants like Cisco and IBM that are beginning to happen – but they are happening largely in isolation and – despite the talk of open – largely involve costly proprietary solutions
    But there are also a number of EU Smart City and Open Data initiatives that are starting to show the way in which cities in collaboration with their citizens – without any need of large scale and costly private sector involvement – can tap into and leverage their own EXISTING resources to create a roadmap for innovation that uses the City as an Innovation Platform
    When you look at the projects as a whole you see they are beginning to forge this missing roadmap – starting with transportation
  • Help cities unleash the raw material of transport innovation – its data – and perhaps its single greatest resource – the talent and knowledge of its citizens
    APP Generator
  • Make it easier to join together public and private transport related data sets
    Make it easier to sell and purchase transport related applications
  • Stop thinking in silos