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Open Data & Interoperability

1. Open Data

This section provides an introduction on open data and its advantages. We provide six ways in which you (can) make your data more valuable by opening it up.

/ Service Improvement

The ultimate goal of opening up your data is to improve the services you provide. When you open up your data, the amount of data accessible to you will typically increase very quickly.

/ Citizen Participation

When you have an open set of data,you can allow your citizens to add their own data. This could prove useful if you want to crowdsource a large amount of data in a short amount of time.

/ Data Quality Improvement

By releasing your data, more people will examine what you have. This allows them to give you feedback on the quality of your data.

/ Increased Transparency

Open data makes your city more transparent. This facilitates a higher interlinking with your surroundings.

/ Improved Findability

By publishing all of your data on a central portal, it will be easier for your city’s staff to find the data they need. This is especially true if they need data created/managed by another department.

/ Economic Benefits

By opening up your data, you could experience both direct and indirect economic benefits. The direct results are usually very long term. Indirect benefits can be difficult to pinpoint.

2. Interoperability

We meditate on three questions here:

  1. Why is interoperability important?
  2. How do you facilitate interoperability?
  3. Does SCIFI have a fitting example?

/ The Importance of Interoperability

Currently available technology, when used correctly, can provide a city assistance with its (daily) operations. However, due to the rise of heterogeneous, yet interdependent, systems and data sources, technical complexity is incredibly high.

/ Facilitating Interoperability

Once you have a better understanding of the importance of interoperability, you need to learn how to organise your organisation around this concept.

/ A SCIFI Example

A city’s infrastructure often consists of a series of (mostly) independent silos. Such a fractured structure is not a good basis for smart projects as those often require interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration.

Saint-Quentin’s smart watering pilot is a great example of how to apply interoperability to your city’s data and infrastructure. The project’s goal was to save water by automating the watering process of the city’s sports fields and making it as efficient as possible.  

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Photocredits: SCIFI, Cities of Brugge, Delft, Mechelen and Saint-Quentin, Project Wolf, Shutterstock