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If you’ve got something to say that deals with London data, Smart city issues, or an event involving London, the Datastore blog is a great place to get your message across.

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– The City Data Team

School rolls projection: moving foRward

2016 has seen some big changes in our school roll projections service with the development of a new projection model which has been written in the statistical programming language R, allowing us to harness R’s power to make use of much bigger datasets and a more complex model. Every year the GLA intelligence unit produces … Read More »

Where to draw the Line in Use of Personal Data? A New Experiment to understand Public Acceptance and a Call for Help

  Today – sometimes knowingly, most of the time almost certainly not – people share, or depending on your point of view, give away, the data they create simply as a result of passing through a normal day. This data is drawn from a wide array of sources, in both the public and private sectors, … Read More »

Developing Data Infrastructure for London

Earlier this year we published the Implementation Plan for the GLA’s City Data Strategy. The Implementation Plan is a key organising element of our work, needed for the realisation of the priority actions we have set out in our strategy, all of which are designed to help us to deliver maximum social, economic, environmental and … Read More »

London Office of Data Analytics Pilot: two weeks of showing and telling to focus the data science and sharpen the overall approach

It’s been 6 weeks since our kickoff workshop for the London Office of Data Analytics (LODA) pilot programme, a joint venture between the GLA and Nesta, with involvement from nearly half of the London boroughs.  The broader context shows a real sense of growing intent and purpose around data sharing for impact.  In the same … Read More »

Offices of Data Analytics: next steps for London and the North East

As announced in previous blogs, Nesta is working with the GLA and more than a dozen boroughs in London – and with local authorities, the Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City in the North East – to pilot data analytics projects that address public service challenges. This post provides a brief update on the latest … Read More »

London Office of Data Analytics: Documenting the Learning Process

As regular readers of this blog will know, the GLA and Nesta are working together to run a pilot to demonstrate that performing data analytics on datasets sourced from multiple local authorities and other novel sources can help reform public services in the capital. This short blog provides a link through to a more detailed … Read More »

Sharing Cities Update: What on earth is a SEMS and why does it matter?

‘SEMS’ (Sustainable Energy Management System) is a key deliverable of the Sharing Cities programme. At its simplest, SEMS is the joining up of smart energy infrastructure and services (e.g. a river source heat pump and associated district heating scheme) with a data platform (in the case of Sharing Cities, our Urban Sharing Platform).  Achieving the … Read More »

Three lessons on City Data Analytics from Mike Flowers

I’ve previously written about plans by the GLA’s Andrew Collinge and Nesta to run a pilot for a London Office of Data Analytics, inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York City. Last week saw significant progress when 15 London boroughs came together for a workshop with the GLA to select a … Read More »

Open data and design thinking – new tools to tackle social challenges

Over the past 18 months, the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest foodbank, has been exploring its data in new ways. Working with researchers from Hull University Business School, data science firm Coppelia and social innovation agency AAM Associates, the project honed in on new insights and ways of viewing its network, which has undergone rapid … Read More »

Data for London – a City Data Strategy for a Smart City Future

In March this year, the GLA published “Data for London”.  In what we reckon to be a world first, this attempt to give shape and organisation to a complex city data economy sees City Hall move beyond open data.  Exploited to its full potential, data has the capacity to make London the smartest city in … Read More »