Data sharing just got a whole lot easier

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Data sharing just got a whole lot easier

USMART has a pioneering pricing plan. We know that opening up data can be a resource intensive process. With our unique freemium pricing scheme, we want to change this by enabling organisations to begin opening up their data for free.

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Open data warriors needed

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Open data warriors needed

The goal of open data training targeting the public sector is to equip front-line public sector warriors with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle current and future challenges, where appropriate, with a data forward approach. The vision is to enable public sector organisations to take advantage and to fully utilise and unlock the value of their data, both open and closed.

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Welcome to the maze of open data licensing

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Welcome to the maze of open data licensing

The notion of releasing data into the wild, to be shared, modified and freely used without any consequences or obligations is a scary one.

Open data licences can support data publishers in overcoming the initial fear of opening up data - by making sure that the original database, material and work that is published under the various open data licences is released to the public in a licenced, regulated manner.

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What does 2017 hold for smart cities and communities? 2/2

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What does 2017 hold for smart cities and communities? 2/2

Every year the International Data Corporation (IDC) issues a prediction around upcoming smart cities trends worldwide. In this post we gathered up the second 5 predictions and complemented them with insights and further resources. Link to the first 5 is in the body of the post. Enjoy!

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Car parks ‘extinct’ in smart cities of the future?

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Car parks ‘extinct’ in smart cities of the future?

A combination of shared data, battery power and self-driving technology would render conventional car park systems and structures pointless. In preparation for the Scottish Renewables' first ever low-carbon cities conference (22nd February 2017, Edinburgh), Simon Tricker (CDO of UrbanTide) discussed the future of our vehicles and car parks in cities.

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USMART and the future of health

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USMART and the future of health

Does a room full of entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, and software engineers spending 3 days and 3 nights side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front line staff and the wider NHS - sound good?

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Super secure smart cities

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Super secure smart cities

We are committed to delivering services and building products that contribute to cyber-safe smart cities. To go beyond a commitment, we joined Securing Smart Cities (SSC), a not-for-profit global initiative that aims to solve the existing and future cybersecurity problems of smart cities. Read more about the threats and how we thrive on delivering super secure products.

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Is open data the death of FOI?

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Is open data the death of FOI?

The simple answer is yes, but, we know it is not as simple as that. There is growing evidence emerging of the inefficiencies of a closed data culture in central and local government. With this blog post we are making the case for how open data can answer some of the challenges caused by FOI Acts in central and local government bodies, and how potentially going above and beyond publishing statutory information about their activities can result in short, medium and long-term benefits. Enjoy!

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Data scientists and USMART: a match made in heaven

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Data scientists and USMART: a match made in heaven

We soft-launched our brand-new product, USMART, at the DataLab & Product Forge hackathon! USMART is our next-generation open data platform. Participants used the platform as an easy and intuitive way to access data they would play and work with throughout the competition. Read about our experience and how USMART performed. 

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We are now Regional Supporters of Open Data Impact Map

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We are now Regional Supporters of Open Data Impact Map

We recently became Regional Supporters of the Open Data Impact Map initiative. What does this mean? We are now part of a network of Regional Supporters, including UNDP, Open Knowledge China and Open North, from over 20 countries who contribute examples and provide ongoing insights based on their work and local expertise. Read more about this fantastic initiative!

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Another smart town in the making

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Another smart town in the making

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council recently commissioned UrbanTide to support the development of a smart city digital strategy for Basingstoke. Read more about how we plan on delivering this project. 

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Next generation open data platform looking for beta testers!

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Next generation open data platform looking for beta testers!

Over the past couple of months we have been hinting at a data platform that we have been building. The day has come to introduce USMART, and give you a peek of what’s under the hood.  We won’t be unveiling the complete open data platform just yet. But we are looking for beta testers to explore, play and contribute to the development of USMART our exciting new data platform. Read more and take a peek!

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Open data driving social impact

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Open data driving social impact

Last week Steven Revill Co-Founder - COO of UrbanTide gave a presentation on Open Data Driving Social Impact to the Change Managers Network.  If you missed the webinar, you can watch it below. 

The Scottish Government Open Data Strategy and Resource Pack outlines that open data initiatives can improve public sector service delivery and support innovation. This webinar will explore this potential and dig deeper into the possibilities for using open data to drive social impact. 

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17 key messages from #DataImpact2016 Glasgow

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17 key messages from #DataImpact2016 Glasgow

Last week we participated in the UK Data Services #DataImpact2016 event. We listened to key data innovators from Scotland who shared their knowledge and vision around data, the future of data and how data can and will impact our lives, socio-economic and political environment in the future. Read our summary of the event in the form of 17 key takeaway messages. 

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