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OS data highlights Glasgow as an innovative Future City

theOpen Data can help cities by providing new insight into how cities operate, improve engagement with communities, improve communications between partners, drive reform, and can stimulate innovation. OS have been vital to our ability to open up data to inspire the talent within the city to innovate using city data.

Open Data can help cities by providing new insight into how cities operate, improve engagement with communities, improve communications between partners, drive reform, and can stimulate innovation. OS have been vital to our ability to open up data to inspire the talent within the city to innovate using city data.

Colin Birchenall, Glasgow City Council

Future City Glasgow is an ambitious £24million programme which will demonstrate how technology can make life in the city smarter, safer and more sustainable.

Following the successful bid for project funding, Glasgow City Council (GCC) set out to build a framework for how innovation could be promoted in Scotland’s biggest city. Effectively utilising and promoting open data was a critical part of the project and, working with Ordnance Survey, GCC facilitated access to its detailed spatial datasets.

What were the challenges?

  • Providing access to GCC data for innovative projects.
  • Promoting the use of spatial data to demonstrate Glasgow as a Future City.
  • Encouraging citizen participation and engagement with SMEs.
  • Reducing both financial and licencing barriers to accessing detailed spatial data

What was the solution?

GCC and Ordnance Survey worked closely to develop tailored licensing arrangements to support the Future City project – the unique Developer Licence. These terms simplify the process of providing derived data products to third parties interested in developing products or applications, accelerating the process to the prototype and testing stage.

What were the outcomes?

  • One licensing framework supported the release of hundreds of spatial datasets.
  • Encouraged the innovative use of Local Authority spatial datasets, reinforcing the importance of place in the city.
  • Opens up hundreds of datasets to the city’s developers, removing barriers to innovation: the second largest “local” open data store in the UK.
  • Considerable staff time saved arranging individual licences.
  • Following nomination from OS, GCC won an award for Geospatial Excellence from the Geospatial Word Forum for the Future Cities project

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