Mayor plans to use city's Datastore to help tackle urgent challenges

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by Josh Peachey

Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a new vision for using data to tackle some of the most urgent challenges facing the capital.

Tying in with the 10 year anniversary of the London Datastore, a freely accessible treasure trove of data about the city, a report has recently been released by the Open Data Institute.

The report builds upon the success of the London Datastore and looks at how the city’s data collection and sharing should evolve over the next decade.

City Hall’s developers have used the data to create a range of maps and applications, including the London Rents Map, which 85,000 Londoners used last year to help them find an affordable home and Schools Atlas, a tool for parents selecting schools for their children.

To modernise the city’s approach to data, City Hall has worked with the Open Data Institute – an organisation which works with the public and private sector to help build an open, trustworthy data system – to publish a report outlining how the Datastore can evolve over the next decade.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

The report contains recommendations on how the platform should sit at the heart of the new approach to the safe and secure sharing of data to benefit all Londoners, including revamping and expanding the London Datastore; ensuring the Datastore is central to wider efforts to increase the amount and quality of data available across London, and making the platform as easy to use as possible.

The report also recommends developing a new approach to sharing civic data from City Hall – this will be led by London’s Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, and will bring together councils, universities, the public sector, businesses and Londoners.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is considered one of the world’s leading smart cities because we have an enviable track record of using data to solve everyday problems faced by Londoners.

“By responsibly opening up a huge amount of data held by our public sector partners and working with London’s brilliant tech sector, we’re helping tackle some of the most urgent challenges facing our city as it grows.

“The next step is to create a shared approach for the city so we can all benefit from the innovation this will bring – while using the data we hold on Londoners’ behalf transparently, safely and securely.”