OrganiCity is created as an interoperable mechanism formed of different elements to enable experimentation. After identifying the dynamic elements which need to be in place, we have created the processes needed in line with our vision and values. The Experimentation as a Service framework enables collaborative innovation for the cities of the future.
The tools we use to apply it are application forms (describing ideas for experiments), reporting and budget templates (monitoring progress and feedback), a communication strategy through a variety of channels, a service blueprint (describing the interactions between users and the internal team across each stage of the process) and a helpdesk system.
See some of these documents at the Resources page.
We gather heterogeneous data and translate it into standards, which make it interoperable with other sources of data. We display information in context to enable a better understanding of the source and reputation of each data asset. In addition, we are testing data annotation services which allow users to validate and qualify values across a data asset.
The data management features enable both discovery and monitoring – someone interested in an area can receive notifications on new data assets or reports from missing data.
You can explore the first prototype for a public interface of urban data discovery at the Urban Data Observatory.
The technical environment enables experimenters to develop websites, web services, desktop applications or smartphone applications which interact with OrganiCity through APIs. The tools have functionalities for advanced developers, as well as citizens with a medium level of technological literacy.
See which tools are available to experiment and explore their demos or their documentation at the Technical environment.
We involve cities, citizens, communities, businesses and academia in discussions in order to take a direction. People take part in the definition of the problem and throughout the resolution. We encourage everyone in the city to be active in the development of our cities; whether that means becoming an experimenter or taking part in other people’s ideas.
This process makes ideas resilient, because co-creation ensures they deal with real local issues in a collaborative approach, and everyone is invested in obtaining the best possible outcome. Above all, we are making sense of technology together.
Read some of our documents on co-creation at the Resources section.
Our engagement guide contains leading principles and actionable steps for your engagement journey. Based on our experience and research, these guiding principles establish a base for the OrganiCity team and the experimenters to reach to people and involve them in a coherent manner.
Ethical and privacy implications have been identified throughout the service and tackled through documents to inspect, inform and address.
Whilst legal and ethical considerations create friction during innovation processes (potentially slowing progress down), this framework is protecting the different people involved in the service even including those who might be producing data without their awareness.
Find these documents at the Resources section.
Co-creation: People from different fields working in collaboration towards a joint goal.
Experimenter Agreement: The legal document that defines the parameters for experimentation in OrganiCity.
Service Blueprint: A detailed diagram that describes a service, including the stages visible to users and those developed by the internal teams.