[epsi-coord] Topic report suggestion - Municipal data

Antti Jogi Poikola antti.poikola at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 10:04:36 GMT 2011

Yesterday in the weekly call I suggested that I could do at some point next
year a topic report on the municipal data. The work would be based on a
research that I hope to do for one client (this is not sure yet). This is
very early draft on my idea, please give me comments.

- Is the idea clear?
- Is this topic covered already, elsewhere?
-Other hints and ideas?



*Overview on Municipal Data - what information resources typical European
cities have?*

Cities around the world are developing local data catalogs and opening up
PSI resources for re-use. Most of the data portals only list the data
sources that are available, not those that are still kept for internal use
only. Currently the open municipal data is often a arbitrary selection of
data sets that were opened because of low opening cost (low hanging
fruits), active civil servants inside the department responsible for that
data on high demand (for example the public transport data).

By viewing only the currently open data sets it is hard or allmost
impossible to get big picture on what are the possibilities of municipal
data. For example Helsinki has nearly 600 000 inhabitants and more than 30
000 civil servants working for the municipality - what kind of information
resources the city organization produces and can these information
resources be matched to similar resources in other European cities?

In the Helsinki's ICT system listing there are listed more than 400
operational IT systems from accounting to street register. All these
systems are potential sources of re-usable PSI. This report aims to build a
big picture on PSI resources of larger Europeas cities by comparing the ICT
system listings of five midsized or large cities from five EU member states.

Antti "Jogi" Poikola - +358 44 337 5439
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