Beyond open data - the rise of data sharing.
Open data is changing the world, but it's not just about open data anymore. Data sharing with various permission levels allow for greater problem-solving.
June 29, 2017
Cities and communities are increasingly using data and technology to enhance public security and resilience, allocate resources based on real-time evidence and turn operational data into valuable information, knowledge and insight. It is imperative that organisations help meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges by making their data available, up-to-date and importantly reusable for a wide range of users, whatever their technical competency.
By unlocking data, businesses, government and citizens can work together to create more livable cities and drive change from the bottom up. Sharing and opening data is a transformative process both from an organisational as well as a citizen engagement point of view.
“Understanding and sharing data is a key challenge for 21st century organisations and citizens, as the amount of data grows exponentially and our time to find and access the correct information diminishes.”
— SImon Tricker, CDO, UrbanTide
USMART makes it super simple for data owners to share data across a wide spectrum of data access levels: Closed > Specific Access > Group Access > Public Access > Open.
USMART supports five main levels of sharing:
These access levels can be set per dataset and provide organisations with full control over how data is shared.
We’ve encountered several examples where private data sharing was required by our clients and a key solution for secure and efficient data sharing. In these cases, the data shared privately with partners and project collaborators was usually commercially or otherwise sensitive and thus wasn’t ready to be published as open data and shared with the wider public, for example:
In a simple answer, very. UrbanTide is part of the Cities Standards Institute (CSI) that has developed and recently launched a new data sharing standard (BSI: PAS 183). This was done in anticipation of a paradigm shift towards data sharing and potential new commercial models. The framework sets out to help ensure that smart cities have the best overall data on which to base their decisions.
Below are the images of BSI PAS 183 - Data Framework and the BSI PAS 183 - Commercial opportunities for the data spectrum and here you can read more about standards related to data sharing and smart cities.