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Based on the different perspectives cited by the citizens of Aarhus, we designed a wireframe for the components of our visualization interface. We continued the technical development of the interface that allow citizens to control the content of their displays. Citizens will be able to dynamically appoint data visualizations, personal opinions, facts or solutions to their set of displays. This dashboard will be accessible as a web application through their web browser. Fellow citizens will be able to react to the opinions, facts or solutions by pressing physical buttons with either a happy or sad emoji.

We also designed the physical aspects of our prototype: the e-paper screen, DUL radio to allow for interactivity and a 3D printed case.


We completed the TrafficFlow Data Browser, a web application that lets you analyze the data collected by TrafficFlow sensors in Hackney by plotting them in several ways. If you are curious, write an email at  and get access to the TrafficFlow Data Browser!



We’re happy to report that Spend Network hit a major milestone this week! We have connected with the OrganiCity API. The API is working and creating assets, but we still need to link our data directly, for example by creating custom types with the correct locations from the postcode. We have our tender and contract data prepared for insertion as assets and our API to Organicity set up.

We are still testing the generation of OrganiCity assets from our data to finalise the asset types and content before inserting all our data and setting up a live update. It’s a work in progress but we’re pleased to be so close to using Organicity to share our data assets and to making the most of the OrganiCity tools. To do this, we still need beta users. Please get in touch:


This week the RISUM team has been working on two important aspects.

On the one hand, we are advancing in the descriptors of trips to identify each of the more than 7000 trips daily that the urban transport service of Santander realized. This data is key to generating a GTFS real-time feed.

On the other hand, we need to put these data in their context. The public company Urban Transport of Santander (TUS) publishes on its website the bus routes and transit schedule table, but they are in a format difficult to manipulate and reuse. Our objective these days has been have this data in a manageable format, to map all the bus routes with precision and to associate the routes with their corresponding bus stops. The urban transport service of the city has about 460 bus stops that we have positioned and characterised.

Now we have an accurate map of urban bus lines in GIS format. It is also our intention that these data can be downloaded from the OrganiCity platform.



We have begun to collect travel data from our participants and continue to recruit new participants. We are currently following up with those who raised interest before, and the charities we were in contact with. We are working through issues with the tools that are not allowing us to gather data the way we originally intended.


MyCityBeauty released new app with implemented features for extended search and providing comments and likes for existing CityBeauty assets. Intensive interactions with the people from the OrganiCity support (many thanks). These features will enable us to start piloting (co-creation) process with the first tier of our users: outdoor fitness fans!


Once finished the co-creation meetings with the neighbour associations, we met last week with bloggers and representatives from the University of Cantabria. The aim of these meetings was to agree how will tourism professionals and students complement the points of interest previously recommended by the neighbours.
In addition, we launched a communication campaign with the municipality through which Toñín, Santander’s smart buddy, will be presented to the citizens in a video in the buses of the municipality aiming them to upload their recommendations to the future visitors.

These recommendations are currently stored via a google form questionnaire hosted in our domain The rest of our collaborators, however, are already adding their points of interest through our web in beta phase


AirPublic has had a successful week on all fronts. This Wednesday we ran our first in a series of air quality focused Meetups, titled State of the Air. Over 70 people attended from a range of organisations and institutions and was followed up by a vigorous discussion on the blockers and challenges to action on air quality from a regulatory, scientific and community perspective. We are also happy to report that we’ve rolled out more AirPublic prototypes onto Gnewt Cargo’s London network of electric delivery vehicles this week.





When: Weds, 15 February 2017 / 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

Where: Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE, UK

‘Walking through the Tranquil City’ Workshop

We at Tranquil City would like to invite you to participate in a workshop to explore how we all can use tranquillity to choose healthier journeys through London and encourage low-impact transport methods.

Using our Tranquil Pavement Map, that displays crowdsourced tranquil areas as well low noise and pollution zones, we want you to experiment with and explore alternative routes between your typical destinations. These may be between home and work, or home and your favourite park or coffee shop.

We believe that by actively choosing our journeys to be slower, more beautiful, more in touch with nature and more tranquil, we can all improve our health and quality of life as city dwellers.

Register for the event here.

Learn more about Tranquil City here.



When: Thursday, 23 February 2017 / 18:45 – 20:45 GMT

Where: Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Road, London. E2 7DG

‘OrganiCity Workshop: Co-Creating Better Cities’

The EU’s OrganiCity platform’s first experimenter period is coming to an end. What have we learned, and how can our use of the platform better inform the development of these tools?

The European Commission’s OrganiCity experiment is a new EU project that puts people at the heart of develop of future cities. OrganiCity aims to apply co-creative practices to the development of three leading European areas developing smart city technologies and practices, London, Santander & Aarhus.
Rather than looking for the perfect solution from the get go, the OrganiCity project is focused on experimentation, on iteration and of building new tools together – both with citizens and collaborating with other experimenter projects and companies.
The OrganiCity experimenters, including AirPublic, have had four months to test, use and evaluate the experimenter platform. At this event we’ll be giving our thoughts, reporting on the use of the platform and inviting you to contribute to the discussion on the direction of the OrganiCity platform’s future development.
We will also be reporting on our experience of connecting our prototype mobile air quality sensor platform to the OrganiCity platform, including our use of OrganiCity’s tools such as Sensinact, the Urban Data Observatory and use of OrganiCity APIs.

Register for the event here.

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