The Future City | Glasgow Data Portal was officially launched last Tuesday, on the 12th November 2013.

Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor Gordon Matheson invited delegates at Base Glasgow, a national low carbon build environment and infrastructure event, to check out the prototype (beta) Open Portal which has been built in-house using dedicated local expertise.

Making city data accessible

The portal currently contains over 100 datasets including electric vehicle charging points, public transport information, planning applications, population estimates, companies registered in Glasgow, food hygiene information and data from the Met Office providing actual observed weather.

The initial data prioritisation exercise was based around the key Future Cities Demonstrator themes of health, energy, transport and public safety, but the Data portal has the potential to be expanded to include any datasets that can be made openly available to the public for reuse.

Next up: maps

A prototype Map portal for Glasgow is currently being developed which will allow spatial visualisations of city data, related to Active Travel in the first instance.

Links with the Future Cities Catapult

Councillor Matheson also met fellow conference speaker Peter Madden, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board’s Future Cities Catapult who told the audience how the integration of smart technologies can address Glasgow’s sustainability challenges.