One of great things is that we got the opportunity to nominate our theme for a session there, so here is in a nutshell our proposition for a panel.
TOPIC: OPEN DATA AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Title and Theme: Open Data and Economic Development of Smart Cities – Lessons Learned and Case Studies
Open Data today is one of the cornerstones of true Open Government. Today, Open Data initiative is mostly driven at national or federal level, and we are yet to see a bigger and more significant adoption at regional or city level. We strongly believe that critical part of stronger usage of open data at city level is missing a quality platform that enables scalable application development and then open application marketplace where cities can sjare not only data but also an applications that are sharing the common data model.
Open Data today is one of the cornerstones of true Open Government. Today, Open Data initiative is mostly driven at national or federal level, and we are yet to see a bigger and more significant adoption at regional or city level. We strongly believe that critical part of stronger usage of open data at city level is missing a quality platform that enables scalable application development and then open application marketplace where cities can share not only data but also an applications that are sharing the common data model. We want to discuss a platform that will introduce model based approach:
– explain different roles of various stakeholders (civil, government, private), their action plans and commitments in delivering successful sustainable smart cities based on data driven decision making activities
– present early cases and finding in deployment of open data platforms with cities: how to, best practices and lessons learned
– present and discuss good and bad and room for improvement in current open data models
– discuss current best practices in data management, data modelling and how EU is currently doing in that area
– discuss future data models that will enable different scenarios that, through the platform, deliver additional value to the cities
– develop a joint strategic plan on developing open data and big that models that could bring economic value and user satisfaction through the use of mobile applications and social sharing
WHY THIS TOPIC IS IMPORTANT TO OGP AND WHAT IS SPECIFIC VALUE TO THE ATTENDEES OF THE SUMMIT
Open Government is not only about Federal or National Governments – we see that there is major gap in transparency, collaboration and participation, but also in process of opening a data available that is happening at the local or city level. By 2050, 70% of people on the planet will live in urban areas. Building cities to support so many people has led to the development of smart cities. To fully leverage the potential of data and to have an end user end to end scenarios that solve citizens problems, we need to add strong focus on open and smart cities that need to take opening the data and processes at the new level.
Attendees of the summit will receive latest on smart city development, how and why is that connected to an Open Government Platforms, and what we are doing worldwide to better include smart cities into the efforts that are delivered through the Open Data umbrella. We will discuss current state of affairs with the currently leading experts on that domain, include some external communication that is coming from orgs that are working with us as a partners but also develop and communicate through the 360 network of Open Data Smart Cities initiative using the collaboration tool that will deliver additional value until the next conference.
Also, we will discuss, define and communicate proposal on what should be done next, kind of manifesto on Data Driven Smart Cities that should serve as a guide line to a smart cities effort that want to base their development on data driven models.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF OUR SESSION?
As for conference itself, we are proposing a panel discussion with a intro presentation on the subject, all around about 60 minutes or the presentation and discussion. We will keep 20 minutes additionally for a Q&A coming from participants, but we should be open to any burning question that will pop up from the audience during the panel. We will moderate the whole panel, and we will keep it dynamic and active. At the beginning, we will use 10 minutes to present the latest findings on data driven smart cities and some feedback that we got working on that initiative so far.
During the panel we will also use forms of technology to ask participants specific questions (data will be collected using app on smartphones) and allow participants to tweet on tweet wall if this is not already supported by the OGP conference itself).
Also, before the conference, if accepted, we will communicate the session and panel through the various social channels, and ask a preliminary questions and gather a feedback from various stakeholders. Those channels will also serve as a way to discuss specific topics that will be addressed on the panel, and steer the panel into the expected direction. Also, after the conference we will use established channels to continue the conversation and to feedback the info to the subscribers, especially on the additional work on Data Driven Smart Cities Manifesto.
INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER PARTICIPANTS
Other participants that will be there on the panel are still under discussion, but generally we want to have diverse participants that are covering several aspects of data driven smart cities:
– expert that is covering open cities / open government perspective point of view
– expert that is covering the development of smart cities from a data point of view
– expert that is covering the citizens expectations on applications that are based on city data point of view
– expert that is covering technical possibilities of open data but also big data and internet of things point of view
– expert that is covering economic values that cities can derive from open data point of view
This is preliminary group of experts, and will include a moderator that will keep this discussion flowing and active. Also, this is by no means final group of participants but if expanded significantly that will require more session time than proposed.
WHAT ARE THE KEY TAKEWAYS, WHAT IS THE FOLLOW UP?
Strong takeaways should be developed from this session, especially ones that are linked to the future development of smart cities and correlation related the transparency and collaboration and economic growth of smart cities:
– citizens should continue to demand more accountability from their local government, especially cities
– citizens should start open data with their cities conversation understanding best practices and lessons learned
– organizations and cities need to support open platforms, not only at infrastructure and interoperability levels but also on semantic and modeling levels
– organizations and cities should work together to implement scalable and shareable application platforms where the co-develop and share outcomes of development and other IP
– smart cities should think about integration of their end user citizen application platform with backend processes – otherwise there is no coherent end user value
– smart cities should deliver interesting end user solutions but also integrate them into any future developments like big data, internet of things or social connections
RELEVANT LINKS THAT SHOWS THE WORKS SO FAR
Most of the work developed and open platforms availability is published at the project site that can be found on www.odatastore.com web site, with associated communication channels. This is currently working as a startup, developing a wider data driven city as a platform solution that can be used without any geo or political limits. We are developing not only platform, but there is published Framework / Library that helps smart cities adopt a platform, or gives a technical hands on to a city partners which are developing end user solutions.