There is a lot of interest in how new technologies and data can be harnessed to improve the places we live in. ‘Smart’ cities are often described as efficient cities, productive cities, comfortable cities. They are cities (and towns) in which data is being increasingly incorporated into things like improving local transport infrastructure, housing planning, reducing pollution and connecting people to essential services like healthcare.
‘Smart cities’ can also be divisive cities, favouring inner city improvements and working only for a few. More than ever, we need to be able to connect communities together. How do we build smart cities and towns that work for everyone? What should an ‘open city’ look like? What needs to change about our current approach?
By the end of the workshop you will:
- Describe what makes a city ‘smart’
- Explain the central role of open data in a smart city
- Understand how network thinking effects smart city planning
- Apply network thinking to help overcome smart city challenges
- Create a plan for a new smart city service that uses open data
- Analyse future opportunities in smart cities
What to expect
Expect to enjoy a small and personalised workshop taught by an expert trainer and data specialist. The workshop takes a skills-based learning approach and enables you to get hands-on. Leave the workshop with the ability to apply your learnings immediately in the workplace or for a personal project.
Who is this course suitable for?
Open Data for Smart Cities is ideal for those at the 'Strategist' level of the ODI's Open Data Skills Framework. It's designed for anyone who wants to explore what data can do for them.
It is suitable for government employees, private organisations, researchers, academics and students. Participants of previous courses have included: decision makers, managers, public servants, researchers, policy advisors, journalists, non-profit organisations, students, strategists, data owners and publishers.
What prior knowledge do you need?
No previous data or statistical skills are required; however, comfort with using the web and good computer literacy (including basic spreadsheet skills) is essential.
What to bring
A wifi-enabled laptop with the ability to open a spreadsheet is required. If possible, it should also be able to install new software.
What we provide
Morning Tea (tell us if you have any special dietary requirements)
3 hours (9.30am to 12.30pm). Arrive between 9.00 and 9.30am.
Friday 25 August from 9.00am for a 9.30am start to 12.30pm at our training facility at Data61/CSIRO, Australian Technology Park, Sydney.
Course cost: $250 + GST
20% discounts are available for our Members and employees of our Foundation Sponsors, Supporters and the Queensland Government.
About ODI courses
Co-founded by the inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and leading expert in artificial intelligence, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI offers courses that are friendly, supportive, fun, and take place in various training facilities within the Australian ODI network. No question is a silly question in our classrooms, and our expert trainers will arm you with all the practical skills you need for applying what you’ve learnt to the real world.
All slides and exercises are made available for anyone to access, use and share under an open licence.