The types of public services available to communities usually include waste collection, road management and transportation. OrganiCity asks: what if our local authorities could expand their remit to offer experimentation with urban data as a service?
OrganiCity is a prototype of Experimentation as a Service: a public service, which enables anyone in a city to experiment with urban data.
Experimentation as a Service is a model in which cities provide the resources for citizens, small businesses, corporations and city authorities, to test their new ideas at a small scale.
This service is comprised of a series of innovative pillars:
OrganiCity is a collaborative research project, funded by the European Commission through Horizon 2020 from January 2015 until June 2018. We are currently working on methods for sustaining Experimentation as a Service beyond this funded period.
Short sprints of experimentation at a local scale provide the opportunity to learn quickly. When something works, it can be iterated and scaled up to a wider area or another city. When it doesn’t work, the lessons learned can be incorporated into future project iterations and save you the time and resources that would have been invested in a traditional large-scale deployment. Experimentation offers participants the opportunity to learn, not only from their own successes and failures, but also from the aggregated experiences of other people, as they experiment and grow their solutions.
This open culture makes experimentation more accessible and useful to citizens, developers, small businesses, corporations and cities, whilst also developing its direct economic value. Cities and experimenters are participating in a large market based on standard specifications – this allowing suppliers (experimenters) to grow their business, while providing buyers (cities) the opportunity to obtain better market pricing. This is a key value OrganiCity add by going beyond the one-off experimentation.
Experimentation with urban data explores new ways in which this data can be captured and used, for example:
Internet of Things (IoT): A network of objects with sensors connected to each other and online.
Experiment: Testing an idea at a small scale through various methods (including data and technology) to tackle a specific urban challenge.
Sustainability: Capable of continuing long-term due to backing from a business model and fitting the needs from key stakeholders.
Ethics & Privacy: A framework of end-to-end protection of users and data subjects (individuals the data refers to) throughout the service.