[epsi-coord] Guidance for City Data TR

Antti Jogi Poikola antti.poikola at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 09:43:16 BST 2012


I started to figure out how the June topic report about city/local/regional
data should be like. I would appreciate early feedback from you so that the
report starts rolling to right direction.

My initial ideas are for comments in this Google Doc:

At this phase anything can be done, later it is more locked.

BR: Antti Poikola



PSI, Public Sector Information, Cities, Municipalities, Local and Regional
Data, Local and Regional Government, Smart Cities, Information Systems,
Data Catalogues, Open Government, Transparency, Accountability,
Participation, Citizen Engagement, Democracy, Budget Data, Transport Data,


Cities around the world are developing local data catalogues and opening up
PSI resources for re-use. City organizations are also focusing on internal
architecture work including the information- and application architectures.
These two streams of development “open data“ and “good information
management” are still not fully integrated. For example most of the data
portals only list the data sources that are available, not those that are
still kept for internal use only.

Open municipal data is often an arbitrary selection of data sets that were
opened without clear and consistent strategies. Active civil servants
inside some departments may have opened those data sets that they are
responsible for. In many cases data is opened because of low opening cost
(low hanging fruits). Prioritising the opening of data based on demand is
harder because often the demand is latent and comes visible only after the
data is opened. However some domains of city data have already higher
demand like for example public transport data and local budget- and
spending data.

By viewing only the currently open data sets it is impossible to get big
picture on what are the possibilities of municipal data. 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 case of one city the best overall understanding can be found
from the people who work with the city’s information architecture and data
management, but even they struggle with fragmented landscape of hundreds of
ICT systems and thousands of data sources.

This report helps in building a big picture on PSI resources of European
cities by reviewing the content of currently active local and regional data
portals and by covering a case study from Helsinki where over 500 city
organizations ICT systems were categorized and mapped based on their domain
of use and information content. Report underlines the linkage of city
organizations data management- and architecture work (especially
information architecture) with the open data work. By using the knowledge
gathered by internal information architecture work the data opening can be
done with clear strategy.
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