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.
The new year brought with it a new exciting challenge from Product Forge: the Future Health Hackathon. For 3 days, 145 entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, software engineers and mentors worked side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front-line staff and the wider NHS.
We have just released a new super simple USMART feature: the API* Data Explorer.
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!
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.
Every year the International Data Corporation (IDC) issues a prediction around upcoming smart cities trends worldwide. In this post we gathered up the first 5 predictions and complemented them with insights and further resources. The next 5 coming next week. Enjoy!
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?
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.
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!
We’re back with more USMART! In this post you will get a glimpse of what USMART is today and a wee peek at some features in the making. Pssst! If you want first-hand experience, apply to our beta tester programme!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
In 2013, Glasgow beat 50 other UK cities to win funding worth £24m from Innovate UK to explore innovative ways to use technology and data to make life in the city safer, smarter and more sustainable.
This blog post looks beyond the role of private sector as ‘just’ re-users of open data. And serves as a taster session for the various flavours of the private sector’s involvement in the open data ecosystem.
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.
Last week the European Data Portal published a report on the state of Open Data Maturity across 28 countries. We deep dived into this fascinating 71-page document to unearth the key information and give you a snapshot of what’s going on in Europe, the UK and Scotland.
Earlier this year we hosted a student, Christopher Lunny, as part of the Data Lab MSc programme. The goal of Christopher's MSc project with us was to test out U~SMART's real-time data performance using Transport for London Countdown API. We also wanted to answer this question: How well do the buses adhere to their timetables?