The shape of cities and how they influence our behaviour is no longer just the concern of planners, architects, urban designers and politicians. Through the Dublinked open data network, the Studio have met designers, technologists, hacktivists, researchers and entrepreneurs who are all exploring how the urban environment is going to change in coming years. They are using Dublin as a test ground to develop new products and services using live city data.
The Studio is always looking at ways to engage with external partners to explore how we see the city in new ways. In 2011 we were approached by the National Digital Resources Centre to provide open data from for Ireland’s first 18 hour Open Data Challenge in the Digital hub. This initiated new relationships between the City Council and developers, designers and entrepreneurs and led to an ongoing collaboration with the Science Gallery with current participation in their monthly Urban Knights platform for change.
For the past two years the Studio have been working to identify suitable data and prepare it for release in ‘open’ or machine readable formats. The amount of information we generate through provision of city services has been quite an eye-opener. . Many are surprised that others would be interested in our data at all. We need to build awareness of the value of our data as a raw material by improving data literacy and knowledge management practices among staff.