Can Open Data improve cities?
A new initiative in the United Kingdom, the Urban Living Partnership, announced the winning projects for its first round of funding with a value of £2 million. Spread throughout the country, five projects will be supported to research how to improve the running of cities. While the projects vary in scope and angle, all of them strongly feature digital technology and Open Data in their plans. For example the City of York is using a variety of tools, including wearables, to collect Open Data on the urban environment.
With the selection of these five projects, the Urban Living Partnership programme aims to support cities in making the transition to 'future cities'. This will lead to cities being resilient to economic, political or social change. To spread the best practices, part of the programme is the development of open licence digital platforms for the found solutions to be shared with other (international) partners.