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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

Safeguards and Sharing in ‘DataSmart’ Cities

The Digital Economy Challenge The exchange and protection of personal and non-personal data is a critical challenge facing all cities across Europe. In London, Lisbon and Milan, the Sharing Cities programme[1] is working to develop robust approaches to data security in the design and implementation of smart services. Our work aims to meet the requirements … Read More »

Delivering Data Value and sharing the GDPR Load: a Data Sharing Alliance for London

Do you ever feel that some mountains are just too difficult to climb? In these cases I’m often reminded of a scene from Mission Impossible: Mission Commander: Good morning, Mr. Hunt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves getting all of the London Boroughs, health trusts, emergency services, voluntary organisations and all of … Read More »

OrganiCity Open Call

Be part of the next wave of experiments in urban data and IoT in London. Are you a citizen, a community group, a local authority, a public sector body, a business, or a researcher looking for funding to change London for the better? And do you want to use data to do so? Funded by … Read More »

City Data Analytics: what’s actually possible?

Much has been promised about data’s potential to help local government and public sector bodies deliver more and better with less, predict and prevent problems, and even make a success of city devolution. But what’s the truth behind it, and what more can be done to support it? On 17 May, the innovation foundation Nesta … Read More »

The ‘Start of the Possible’? Announcing a Scoping Exercise for a London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI)

A couple of weeks back, Councillor Theo Blackwell, Cabinet Member for Finance, Technology and Growth at LB Camden and the Local Government Information Unit produced a report.  You can read it here (supporting survey outputs included) to find out more about how, far from being ‘digital dinosaurs’, among local councillors there is a growing appreciation … Read More »

From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it’s not (only) about the tech

This blog was taken from The Conversation. Read the original article here. The blog authors are: Sarah Barns, Western Sydney University Donald McNeill, Western Sydney University Ellie Cosgrave, UCL Michele Acuto, UCL This is the second article in The Conversation’s series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the … Read More »

When is an address not an address? Working with A&E data on violent incident locations

This is a question the GLA Intelligence Unit’s Strategic Crime Analysis team have had to consider in relation to the locations of violent incidents provided by victims on attending hospital. This data is part of the Home Office Information Sharing for Tackling Violence (ISTV) project, where hospitals are encouraged to record additional information at their … Read More »

Digital Transformation: Bringing the Census into the 21st Century

The census is the largest collection of socio-demographic statistics on the nation’s population. It occurs every ten year and provides not only a population count of England and Wales, but also detailed characteristics and attributes at small geography levels that government and non-government organisations utilise to underpin their decision making process. In a move to … Read More »

Using household-level data to understand the drivers of poverty in the capital

Policy in Practice are embarking on an ambitious project to track over half a million low-income households in London to understand how they are impacted by welfare reforms and other government policies over the course of almost two years. Using councils’ anonymised household level data, the project ‘Low-income Londoners and Welfare Reform’ will track the … Read More »