Data about a city and its communities, as opposed to personal data, can provide a wealth of knowledge and open up many opportunities. Data can connect citizens to services, allow targeted decisions to be made and to better plan for the future. Data recently unlocked by Glasgow comes from public and private organisations but is also sourced from those who know their city best – the citizens.
What are we doing?
The Glasgow Open Data Portal was launched in November 2013 containing about 100 datasets. In less than a year, this number has grown to 400 datasets with over 2,500 resources available. These datasets contain information related to all aspects of our communities, for example the environment, education, health and tourism. They help us build a detailed and integrated picture of our city. More than 2,000 users are now accessing this data each month. Opening up city data means potential improvement and economic growth to our communities. For instance, the data has been already used by community leaders to build funding applications for projects, and by developers in creating apps. Anyone in the city can access data to find out what is going on in their local areas. The dataset that is currently most accessed by citizens is the number of driving test passes in different areas!
Open Data around Europe
Glasgow is now well established in Europe as a city that is opening up its data. Some of the leading European cities with regards to the number of datasets published are Berlin, London, Rome and Amsterdam with 896, 606, 529 and 416 datasets published respectively. Glasgow is following closely with 379 datasets. In the UK only London has more datasets available than Glasgow, but several other UK cities such as Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester are also opening up their data. With Glasgow’s Open Data portal only being created relatively recently Glasgow is making good progress in making more data Open to everybody.
This visualisation shows Open Data across Europe
Communities make cities
Nearly 85% of the datasets published on the Glasgow Open Data Portal are related to community data – that is data that is useful for citizens, such as cycle rack locations, schools and nurseries or health services. Everyone in the city can have an input into this data, and our data will become more valuable as more knowledge is shared. Glasgow has a high percentage of open community data compared data related to such things as elections, administration and grants. Although this data shows transparency within a governing body, data that is more useful to communities can empower them to make positive changes.
This is just the first step!
The journey doesn’t end with the publication of data. The next step is to get everyone engaged with it. We need to keep sharing and using our knowledge to make improvements and bring prosperity to our communities.
Have you got on board yet?
Open data can benefit: