Where we started

Never before has this much data about Glasgow been available! With 400 datasets and 2,500+ resources on the Glasgow Open Data Portal the opportunities are huge. The main reason for opening up all this data is to help the citizens of Glasgow. Showing the benefits and applications of Open data can be achieved through smart engagement in communities.

What we did next

To showcase the data, five interactive maps, incorporating 43 datasets, were created and exhibited at the Future Cities Community Engagement Hubs. These maps visualise the multitude of assets and services available across the city.


Click here to go Future City Glasgow Maps

How it works

Citizens are able to zoom into their local area, or area of interest, and select datasets that are of importance to them. These are projected onto a street map of Glasgow and can be layered to build up a picture that is of specific relevance to them.


Click here to go to the map

Who it helps

By using the maps citizens can find out what services and assets are available in their local area, and also in the wider city. One citizen we met at the Community Hubs suffered from memory loss was using the maps to re-learn about the local area. Other groups such as community groups and academics can also benefit from this work.

What we learned

By getting immediate feedback from citizens at the Hubs we learned instantly what changes should be made to improve the experience for the users. Hearing directly from citizens on what they thought was important in their local area helped us to learn about local knowledge that could enrich the maps.

Where we are going

The maps are available on the Future City Map Portal, which we keep on adding to! The maps have been tweaked to address feedback offered by citizens, and the option of adding citizen-sourced data to enhance the maps is being explored.

Have fun exploring the Future Cities Map Portal!

This data benefits: