27 Jun 2016

What data is available? And how can I use it?


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Over the course of the OrganiCity open call clinics we’ve been running in Aarhus, London and Santander in the past weeks, one key question has repeatedly come up – “What data is available through the platform and how can experimenters access that data?”

We must first direct potential experimenters to our “Experimentation as a Service” description document, which includes the most in-depth information about the data available in all of the cities and detailed descriptions of how the platform can work for you as an experimenter.

OrganiCity, now up and running for the first time, is an experimental platform in itself – so for this open call in particular, we are integrating data sets and opening to experimenters who are willing to work with us, and understand that many aspects of the platform are being tested for the first time. That said, we are proud of the level of integration that has already been achieved across our three lead cities of Aarhus, London and Santander, and are excited to learn what the community is considering, and we’re eager to support in any way we can. In the future, more cities will begin to join OrganiCity and their data will be accessible in the same way as the three lead cities.

Remember – the Organicity Urban Data Observatory is already up and running in beta mode, so datasets that are already a part of OrganiCity can be accessed and explored for inspiration and planning purposes. Some of the data listed below is already live and additional data will be integrated by September 2016 when experimentation is officially due to start.

Aarhus Datasets

Aarhus is providing a diverse collection of datasets in support of their local challenges. Select datasets from the established ODAA (Open Data Aarhus) initiative have been integrated, the ODAA features 133 datasets currently – and the selection below is just our initial selection.

This list is one which will only get bigger, and we’re happy to receive your suggestions for other datasets within ODAA which might be useful for experimentation under OrganiCity. We can then make some effort to integrate those datasets too. Please contact our helpdesk with any such requests (helpdesk@organicity.eu).

Included already are:

  • Real time traffic data
  • Visitor numbers at Dokk1
  • 3D terrain model of central Aarhus
  • Events for the City of Aarhus
  • Events in the libraries of the City of Aarhus
  • Data from Friluftsliv Aarhus (geo-information about outdoor activities and facilities)

More information about these datasets is available on page 9 of our Experimentation as a Service guide. If you have suggestions for new datasets that might be useful, please do submit them to helpdesk@organicity.eu.

London Datasets

The local challenges that have been identified for London can be found in this blogpost. Datasets have been selected from diverse initiatives in London in order to kick-start experiments, which relate to one of the identified London challenges. These include:

  • London borough and neighbourhood profiles (demographic data and more)
  • London traffic counts
  • Transport API – data about London’s transport network
  • London Air Quality Network (LAQN)
  • Environmental sensors at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

For more detail on the London datasets, please refer to page 12 of our Experimentation as a Service guide.

Santander Datasets

The city of Santander described the local challenges discovered during the first year of the OrganiCity project in a blog post available here. Datasets relating to these challenges and more are being integrated into the OrganiCity platform as follows:

Mobility:

  • 4 live traffic camera feeds
  • 48 traffic intensity sensors
  • Traffic congestion information
  • Real time parking availability data
  • Indoor parking availability data
  • Areas within the city with 30km/h speed limits
  • Loading and unloading areas within the city
  • Bus lines, routes and stops
  • Real-time bus arrival data
  • Taxi stands and availability
  • Public bike-share stands and availability
  • Bike lanes in the city

Neighbourhood Improvement:

  • Districts and sections into which the city is divided
  • Pace of the City” app reports
  • Shopping information from “Comercio Santander
  • City news feeds
  • Events as part of the city’s cultural agenda “Santander Auna”

Environment:

  • Environmental nodes measuring environmental parameters in the city
  • Beach accessibility and other attributes
  • Parks and gardens along with irrigation sensor data.

The Santander data sets are explained in more detail on page 15 of our Experimentation as a Service guide.

Working with data in OrganiCity

All of the real-time and static data that is available in OrganiCity will be on display and can be browsed in the Urban Data Observatory, which is currently in a beta mode. More and more datasets will be integrated – completing the list above – before our experimentation period begins in September.

Through the Asset Discovery API it will be possible to get all the information relating to sensors across all three OrganiCity cities in real time. This is also a programmable API, so it is possible to build custom applications on top of it’s functionality. Over the coming weeks full documentation will be made available for these APIs. In the meantime, a detailed overview of all the capabilities is available in section three of our Experimentation as a Service guide (page 20).

In addition, it is possible for experimenters to add assets (sensors, databases etc.) and new data sources to the OrganiCity platform. The process by which this can be achieved – exposing experiment data under both the Urban Data Observatory and the APIs – is documented on page 82 of our Experimentation as a Service guide.

Don’t forget, if you have questions about the OrganiCity platform, any of our datasets or the APIs available you should contact our helpdesk directly on helpdesk@organicity.eu.


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