Bespoke by design?
January 11, 2018

After writing about the value of standards in certain aspects of the public planning system, particular in the housing land supply assembly ((The need for) civic data standards in the UK), today I went to an interesting talk by Mark Smith (Service Innovation Lead at Gateshead Council) here at Newcastle’s Business School (link here). The talk […]

Bürger baut Stadt
March 28, 2015

Bürger baut Stadt is a project based out of Berlin. In 2012, the project won funding at the “Stadt Land <code>” (“City Country <code>”) competition. The system scrapes ((Scraping is a “computer software technique of extracting information from websites” usually by systematically collecting and storing information from on a set of web pages automatically by use of a […]

Urban mediator
November 13, 2012

The urban mediator (UM) was an interactive public information system for the upload and sharing of information on a cartographic map. It’s purpose was to “facilitate citizen driven possibilities for action” by providing a venue where the expert formal information from planners and other institutional actors met informally produced content coming from citizens ((Saad-Sulonen et al. (2007) – […]

Open311 dashboard & CitySDK
May 3, 2012

Compared to Birmingham’s Civic Dashboard, that uses a customer service centre’s data to visualise issues arising in the urban environment, the Open311 platform developed by Code for America is a more advanced software that has since been open sourced. The Open311 platform aims to provide a standards-based API (“GeoReport” api) which mobile applications for instance can tap into. Via its interface, the software enables citizens […]

Birmingham Civic Dashboard
April 24, 2012

The Birmingham Civic Dashboard project (( commissioned by Birmingham City Council, implemented by Mudlark, a design studio, and funded by Nesta is a good example of the novel use of data held by public authorities. According to Socitm, English local authorities receive 600m customer contacts each year. Based on Birmingham City Council’s contact centre, which handles public enquiries, the Birmingham Civic Dashboard takes […]