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In an increasingly urban world, there’s a real need for municipalities to become smarter. They have to become more efficient, innovative, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of stakeholders. Based on our new smart city ebook, this blog explains how open data fuels smart communities, providing in-depth use cases and strategies for success.

Anne-Claire Bellec
VP of Marketing , Opendatasoft
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Residents and businesses are all demanding more from the cities and communities they live and work in. They want services designed around their specific requirements, greater transparency, and commitments to become more digital and sustainable.

Embracing technology and open data enables cities to deliver on these needs, while boosting efficiency and attracting new businesses and residents to grow local communities. However, in the past creating these data-driven smart cities required investment and skills that only top-tier municipalities had access to.

Can smaller cities become truly smart while still operating cost-effectively? The answer is yes, and to support municipalities as they become smarter we’ve created a focused ebook. This includes lessons, best practice, expert guidance, and use cases from across North America and beyond.

The guide explains the key role of open data in building smart cities, backed up with practical ideas and ways that every community can become smarter, cost-effectively.

Discover our new ebook and learn all about:

  • the benefits of building a smart city
  • the challenges to smart city success
  • how to build an effective smart city, whatever your size
    examples of use cases from Opendatasoft customers including Morrisville, Cary, Jersey City, Kingston, Bristol, Southern Grampians, and Western Parkland
  • best practice advice on harnessing open data to create smart communities from a range of experts including Denodo, Siradel, Peclet Technology, 01Gov, Sciamlab and Ecomesure.

Municipalities understand the benefits that becoming a smart city provides, and the key role of open data in their projects. They see how it can make them a more attractive place to live and work, improve the local environment and make the lives of their citizens and businesses easier.

However, turning strategy into reality can be challenging, particularly for smaller municipalities. They need to overcome obstacles around:

  • Putting the right infrastructure in place
  • Creating an open, data-driven culture
  • Engaging citizens and driving usage of smart services
  • Ensuring concerns around confidentiality, data security, and compliance

How can you overcome these challenges and use open data to power a smarter community? Download our ebook to find out.

Click here to download our new ebook and learn how harnessing open data can help municipalities create smarter communities.

Smart city success is about much more than technology or process – it is a long-term project that needs to involve the entire community. Maximize your impact by following these 10 steps to becoming a smart municipality using open data:

  1. Involve the community, listening to their ideas and acting on their requirements
  2. Get leadership buy-in from councilors by demonstrating the benefits for their roles
  3. Build a strong technology infrastructure to underpin your smart city projects
  4. Share your data in multiple ways and make it easy and seamless for everyone to access
  5. Communicate success and address concerns citizens may have around privacy and security
  6. Bring your data to life for non-experts through compelling visualizations and data stories
  7. Create an internal data culture, involving all staff in your smart city program
  8. Be open and share your data as widely as possible to enable innovation
  9. Take a step-by-step approach, rather than trying to do everything at once
  10. Learn from your peers, exchanging information and ideas to drive success

Data has the power to help municipalities become truly smart, benefiting themselves, their residents, and other stakeholders in multiple ways:

  • Delivering a better experience to citizens through information sharing and greater use of digital technologies
  • Increasing productivity and cost savings by automating processes and optimizing operations.
  • Enhancing collaboration through internal and external data sharing
  • Improving transparency, by providing citizens with information on progress against KPIs, budgets and new services
  • Building resilience to tackle challenges such as potential flooding, air pollution, or health-related issues
  • Attracting and retaining residents and businesses by providing services and experiences tailored to their requirements
  • Meeting the diverse needs of stakeholders, including businesses, tourists, mobility players, researchers and startups

Read our ebook to learn from a range of successful smart cities, including Morrisville, Cary, Jersey City, Kingston, Bristol, Southern Grampians, and Western Parkland.

Unleash the power of open data and build a smarter community by downloading our ebook today.

Click here to download our new ebook and learn how harnessing open data can help municipalities create smarter communities.

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