Transform Open Data

Capture2If you want to consume in an eco-friendly way you want to know how stuff is made, where it comes from and what it contains. If you want to live in an ecofriendly way you need to know what the impact of your behavior is. If society wants to build eco-friendly cities we need to know the impact of city design decisions.

But do you get the right information if you are standing in your supermarket? Do you really know the fish is eco sound? Do you have the needed information concerning your energy and water consumption if you want to live sustainably? Do we have the proper information to design eco-friendly cities? No. We still lack important data

In his great book “Ecological Intelligence”, Daniel Goleman explains how this could work. If we lack the proper data we are not able to change our behavior and invest effectively in the right direction. Goleman states that businesses and governments need to give full and honest information so they and the citizens are able to make decisions for the better. Goleman calls it radical transparency! By radical transparency, industry and trade will be able to change the supply chain of goods. By radical transparency governments and businesses will know the impact of changing energy systems and able to build the eco-friendly cities we are striving for. Transparency is of key importance and related data needs to be unleashed.

In the TRANSFORM program, data is one of the most important aspects. And as you will read in this booklet there is still a way to go. Amsterdam, one of the TRANSFORM cities, was able and maybe lucky to get a hold on all energy related data and connect it to the map of the city. A lot of hurdles needed to be overtaken to reach this goal and as you will read other cities struggled with this at the same time. It is not easy but time will show that this is possible for all other TRANSFORM cities. But data alone is not enough.

The big question is: now what? This is why AIT and Accenture have built a “Decision Support Environment” (DSE). Within this simulation tool the data comes to life and cities can run energy scenarios for future city design and (re)development. The DSE is able to support city design decisions and is also extremely helpful in facilitating the dialogue of cities with all their stakeholders like businesses and citizens. If we would be able to free the data and start acting transparently we would be able to build the systems needed to move towards low carbon or non-carbon cities. We hope this publication will support the discussion about open data and the need to be transparent about it. Let’s stop talking, let’s get started!

Read the whole document here!

Ronald van WarmerdamJoost Brinkman
Ronald van Warmerdam & Joost Brinkman

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