Data for London – Implementation Plan

On the 1st of March 2016 we published our City Data Strategy.  “Data for London” is based around the central action of developing a City Data Market, and sets out to make a reality of 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.”

This document is a summary of a much more detailed implementation plan we are willing to share with those who are sufficiently interested.  It has been put together to realise the priority actions we have set out in our strategy and which were grouped under our 6 key Strategy Themes, all of which have in mind our desire to deliver maximum benefit from city data.  This summary implementation plan provides a clear view of the links between the various tasks and priorities for action across the near, medium and long term.

In implementing the City Data Strategy, we will see to it that data activities are better aligned with a wide range of city policy areas including the London Infrastructure Plan, the London Energy Plan, the broader Smart Cities agenda, and the provision of digitised and data-driven public services.

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It is intended to show how the GLA intends to work alongside our partners in a City Data Value Network to deliver a new city data infrastructure which:

  • Creates a data economy which is less fragmented and complex for data creators (London’s public services, utilities, private sector, citizens);
  • Transforms current data management practices and develop a “sharing culture” that emphasises the exploitation of city data across the whole range of city policy settings and activities;
  • Facilitates the exploitation of rich, interoperable and engaging cross-domain city to enable deep knowledge discovery, and the creation of new valuable integrated services; and
  • Considers all vital building blocks of a functioning city data economy (business models, value networks, feedback loops, standards and licensing arrangements, efficient data governance).

Implementation Plan Outline

This implementation plan was built to actively integrate and mobilise all the ‘working parts’ of the city data economy and deliver a Data Marketplace in which London’s city data is fully exploited in a safe and secure fashion to deliver maximum social, economic, environmental and financial value.

It consists of a set of technical, policy, legal, financial, market and organisational actions and targets identified in the early stages of strategy development.

Given the complex nature of this strategy, this plan will evolve and monitoring and updating will be an ongoing process.

Collaborate with us

We see the importance of empowering city data stakeholders to shape the data infrastructure and help the city authority to identify what resources are needed to create a prosperous city data marketplace. Our vision, therefore, recognise the need to steer a strong value network of partners who will provide the expertise needed to deliver an increase range of new and engaging data and digital services in London, and put in place the right standards and technology, and develop new profitable business models around city data.

We are certain of that we can collaborate in developing practical, citywide, and fair commercial models as well as scalable and reliable technologies to ensure that our data infrastructure is ready to meet future challenges and the increased demand for integrated city data and services.

A full version of the document is available to download here.

If you want to work with us the implementation plan of the “Data for London” please contact:

Andrew Collinge <>

Larissa Suzuki <>