18 Jun 2014

Peterborough Living Data Project

At the heart of the Living Data project is the aim to make complex data more accessible and understandable through visualisation. Other cities like London have offered public data for download but this project aims to take this to the next level with highly accessible visual presentation. Datasets are represented in several ways on an interactive Google Earth map of the city, including as columns, icons, heat maps and pins for identifying locations. At the moment, there are 50 datasets included on the portal from different Peterborough city council departments, along with publicly available information from the Office for National Statistics and the police.

Royal HaskoningDHV and Green Ventures are pleased to have worked closely with Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council to help plan, develop and deliver Living Data, a key strand of work for the Peterborough DNA programme.

By taking this data and turning it into something easy to understand and useful, people will be able to work smarter and find new approaches to key city challenges. The idea is to make the raw materials available to catalyse innovation.

Ina Dimireva, Opportunity Peterborough said: “Cities have a lot of data, about population, health, and waste. We want to bring this data to life and make it easy to understand to see what innovation it inspires. It’s all about shaping a smarter Peterborough, a future-city.”

http://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2014/jun/17/lessons-from-peterborough-how-to-get-use-and-present-city-data

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Further information on the Accelerated Collaboration process used to collect, align and present the information can be found on the Royal HaskoningDHV web site here.