Welcome to the City Data Strategy for London.
This document is built around the following vision:
We want London to have the most dynamic and productive City Data Market in the world. In our City
Data Market, the capabilities, talents and capacity of all our city data partners will impact on our huge
social, economic and service-based challenges. To make this happen, friction in the sharing and
value-driven exploitation of city data will be reduced to a minimum. City data will be recognised as
part of the capital’s infrastructure. We will use it to save money, incubate innovation and drive
economic growth. And London will achieve global renown for data impact.
We will of course use this strategy in support of City Hall initiatives like the Smart London Plan, but
we acknowledge at the outset that the Greater London Authority simply cannot deliver this strategy
on its own. Indeed, data knows no boundaries and is hard to contain, so we should not try. Our
simple aim is to make sure that London, its economy and its communities are able to derive maximum
benefit from the undoubted potential London’s Data Market can deliver.
It therefore signals the start of a plan which will actively integrate and mobilise all the ‘working parts’
of the city data economy. We want the various audiences that the Strategy is aimed at to engage with
it. We will listen and evolve the strategy as this rapidly developing part of the cityscape develops.
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