Case Studies: open and big data

How cities in the UK and beyond are making the most of open and big data

More city level data is crucial to improve city economies and make cities better places to live and work. Collecting and sharing such data will allow identification of the opportunities and weaknesses individual cities face, which in turn will allow for more effective and efficient policy development to improve the way in which cities function and deliver economic growth.

Open data and big data can be used to deliver a vast range of benefits, from reducing congestion and pollution to improving service response times and safety.

Key Reports

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Case Studies

Case study Policy aim Location Country Lead organisation(s)
1. Utilising data to improve public transport Delivering efficient services using data London UK Transport of London
2. Realising local data on population Delivering efficient services using data London UK Lambeth Council
3. Mapping public assets and data Delivering efficient services using dataGreater ManchesterUKGreater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership
4. Breaking down administrative barriers to open data Delivering efficient services using data New York City US New York City Council
5. Running competitions to find new uses to open data Raise awareness about open data and increase demand Various cities US The Knight News Challenge
6. Sharing data to improve the public transport network Delivering efficient services using data Dublin Ireland Dublin City Council, IBM
7. Creating a real time map of road conditions Delivering efficient services using data Boston US The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
8. Collecting big data using sensors Delivering efficient services using data Santander Spain University of Cantabria, European Commission
9. Analysing congestion using phone location data Delivering efficient services using data Abidjan Ivory Coast Orange, IBM
10. Creating a city operation centre to connect data Delivering efficient services using data Rio de Janeiro Brazil Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, IBM
11. Creating an open data platform with real time information Delivering efficient services using data Glasgow UK Glasgow City Council, Technology Strategy Board
12. Capitalising on a broadband cable ducting network Delivering efficient services using dataBristolUKBristol is Open
13. Bringing individuals, communities and tech companies together Delivering efficient services using data Bristol UK Bristol City Council, Technology Strategy Board

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