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Smart Cities Marketplace
25 May 2022

Citizen Data-Smart Cities


The Citizen’s Control of Personal Data Initiative within the Smart Cities Marketplace is working with other initiatives to provide a joint approach to tackling the highly significant task of helping a smart city utilise the personal data of its citizens in a way that is beneficial and safe for all.

A book will be produced, with contributions from the Marketplace’s City Financing Platforms and City Wisdom. The book, Citizen Data-smart Cities, will be launched at the Barcelona Smart Cities Expo in November. Presentations covering key aspects of the book will also be held in an accompanying “Agora” at the Expo.

Whilst targeted at smart city leaders, the book will uniquely attempt to speak to all those who advise these leaders at the same time. So that any reservations in deciding between the adoption of the technologies becoming available from those “Data Economy” projects, now in their final phases, can be overcome.

Whilst outputs from the technical work carried out in projects such as DataVaults, Kraken, and Safe-Deed, etc. will be accompanied by chapters and presentations on a range of topics of interest to those dealing with non-technical aspects of using a citizen’s personal data to help achieve goals for a city.

The book covers topics like the governance of data platforms, legal and ethical aspects, the viewpoint of service providers in key areas such as mobility, energy, and health and central financial topics, which will be covered by those experts from within the Marketplace.

Best Practices in the use of data will be included. Moreover, the book explains how they can be enhanced with the addition of a citizen’s personal data. Examples will come from those cities that are among the 100 Climate-neutral cities recently selected. There is an emphasis on how the use of a citizen’s personal data can contribute to achieving their goals. Major cities of Europe and open and agile smart cities will be supporting this aspect. And in addition, the reporting of interoperability trials involving several projects, MyData and others, utilising the approach of minimum light touch methods known as MIMS.

It is anticipated that the presentations will be repeated elsewhere in November.