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We believe data can help everyone in the city play an even bigger role, do more and improve quality of life.

The opportunities are almost endless; a fact that is both exciting and challenging. By encouraging organisations across the city to make non-sensitive data discoverable via the internet we can empower everybody (the public sector, voluntary sector, academic sector, private sector, communities, anybody) to harness it, use it, combine it in new ways so that we can all contribute to making Glasgow a better place to live, work and play.

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“90% of the world’s data was created in the last 2 years.”

A staggering fact but it’s a figure that will only increase as our world becomes more and more connected to the internet, from “smart home” electronics that allow you to control your heating or lighting via your smartphone through to “smart city” devices such as the intelligent street lights that are being trialled in the city. By 2020 it is predicted that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet, smart meters, to self-driving cars. The number of people using the internet will be outnumbered by the number of devices using it. That’s a lot of data and a huge potential for creating insights about Glasgow.

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There are already vast swathes of data that already exists about our cities.

Unfortunately much of it is difficult to find. It is typically locked away within different organisations each of whom use the data for a specific purpose, not necessarily understanding the value that it provides to the city as a whole.

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As part of our commitment to open up data across the city, we have created a Data Launchpad – bringing together a growing collection of data streams from over 60 different organisations.

Organised by relevant and meaningful category groupings, this catalogue provides a one-stop shop for data about the city. The Glasgow Data Launchpad opens up data and makes it useable for everyone. People can build new solutions to city challenges, try to better understand their neighbourhood or make new products with it.

FC_STORIES_HEADERS_DATA+YOU-05We are on the eve of the next era of the information age. Harnessing this new rich source of data can be enormously valuable but it can also be overwhelming, particularly across the scale of a city.

FC_STORIES_HEADERS_DATA+YOU-06This is only the beginning. Additional features will be added in coming months making it even easier to discover and start creating your own insight with data.

Start using the Data Launchpad here