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‘Citizen Data-smart Cities’ Book launch in Barcelona Smart Cities Expo

As announced in our previous post, DataVaults, the Citizen’ Control of Personal Data initiative (led by DataVaults partners, Prato and Assentian) within the Smart Cities Marketplace and other initiatives (City Financing Platforms and City Wisdom) and projects are working together in order to provide a joint approach to tackling the highly significant task of “helping a smart city utilise the personal data of its citizens, in a way that is beneficial and safe for all”.

The book that will be produced from these joint efforts, will be titled “Citizen Data-smart Cities”, and will be launched at the Barcelona Smart Cities Expo in November 2022. Presentations covering key aspects of the book will also be made in an accompanying “Agora” at the Expo.

A sneak peek into the book

Whilst targeted at smart city leaders, it will uniquely attempt to speak to all those who advise these leaders at the same time. So that any reservations in coming to a decision regarding the adoption of the technologies becoming available from those “Data Economy” projects, now in their final phases, can be overcome.

Technical work carried out in projects such as DataVaults, Kraken, Safe-Deed etc. will be accompanied by chapters and presentations on a range of topics of interest to those dealing with non-technical aspects of using a citizen’s personal data to help achieve key goals for a city.

Topics covered will include the governance of data platforms required, the legal and ethical aspects, the view point of the service providers in key areas such as mobility, energy, health etc and the key financial topics, which will be covered by experts from the Smart Cities Marketplace. Best practices in the use of data will be included and subsequently, how they can be enhanced with the addition of a citizen’s personal data. Examples will come from cities who are amongst the 100 “Climate-neutral cities”, with an emphasis on how the use of a citizen’s personal data can contribute to achieving their goals. Major Cities of Europe and Open and Agile Smart Cities will be supporting this aspect. Finally, interoperability trials involving MyData members and others, will be reported utilising the approach of minimum “light touch” methods known as Minimum Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs).