Simple words: What is an Urban Sharing Platform? Interview with Antony Page and Jason Warwick, Urban DNA


Jason is the Work Package Lead for WP4 Urban Sharing Platform (USP) and Antony is WP4 Data lead.
Can you talk about the key/common principles that you have built the urban sharing platform around?

Smart Cities need to bring together information from a wide variety of devices and sensors in order to be able to store and process the data and present information to the city managers, suppliers and to citizens (residents, businesses and visitors) to support better use of city resources and inform better choices. The Sharing Cities Urban Sharing Platform is a logical collection of technical components, capabilities and processes which provide this information. The design of the platform is shaped by the commitment of Sharing Cities to open data, interoperability and integration (open APIs) and is aligned with the European Innovation Partnership on Urban Platforms.

 o   The USP is being co-developed by the consortium to:
  • Provide a shared reference architecture that extends the strengths and capabilities of each of the cities both ‘vertically’ increasing each city’s capability and ‘horizontally’ shared between the cities, followers and scale up cities.
  • Enable sharing by providing an interoperable platform based on open standards.
  • Utilise Enterprise Architecture and API economy best practices to align city needs with services and technology.
  • Provide a federated governance structure to ensure alignment between the cities.
o   The USP will provide the following key functions:
  • Support collection of data from different sources, e.g., sensors and devices such as electric vehicles and bikes, smart lamp posts and energy efficient buildings
  • Provide guidelines and tools for interoperability both at technical and process level.
  • Enable sharing of information through use of open standards and APIs and knowledge and skills sharing.
 What are some of the challenges to managing data coming in from such a wide range of sources?
  • The main challenge lies in the origin point for data collection. Data should always be as raw as possible in order that definitions, quality, timeliness, native models (relational, hierarchical, network etc.), complexity and unintended new data sets are not introduced before the platform can manage the data.
  • The ordinary issues that the USP addresses include multi-language data, complexity, privacy, security, access, and storage management.
 Do you have any examples of where you see this is working successfully?
  • The USP concept is unique to Sharing Cities and, therefore, the results are eagerly anticipated.
These interview questions were prepared by Science Impact for the article SHAR-LLM, Sharing Cities, HORIZON2020 included in Impact publication, December 2017.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895

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