Do cities they have access to the levels of data they need?

Written by Marius Jennings on 03 Jul, 20
City-wide innovation ecosystem Focus on city challenges Innovation management Public service innovation Responsible innovation
7th july

Marius Jennings, City Innovation’s Open Data Lead is taking part in the below session  as part of the Northernlands Summit.

To help understand and tackle the different challenges they face — from congestion in urban environments to climate change – increasingly, cities are seeking access to data collected by private sector organisations. But do they have the levels of access they need?

Cities have long built and maintained infrastructure. We depend on their roads, bridges and cycle lanes, as well as their communications networks and other utilities. As our economies and societies become more reliant on data to make effective decisions, cities also have a responsibility to build and maintain data infrastructure that supports their citizens’ needs, values and priorities.

A city’s data infrastructure consists of data that is managed by public institutions such as housing and transport authorities, as well as data collected and held by the private sector organisations that operate within them, such as businesses that deliver public services or provide services directly to their citizens and visitors. Increasingly, cities are seeking access to data collected by private sector organisations to help understand and tackle the different challenges they face.

But do cities currently have access to the private sector data that they need?  What are the barriers for private sector organisations when deciding to share data or not?  And what can be done to increase access in a safe and ethical way?  Jack Hardinges, Programme Lead for Data Institutions at the Open Data Institute presents the case for and against.

Please find attached link to the Northernlands registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northernlands-2-tickets-106225772144

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