According to the Open Knowledge International, the Global Open Data Index (GODI) provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the state of open government data publication. GODI is an independent assessment of open government data publication from a civic perspective, enabling different open data stakeholders to track government’s progress on open data release. It also allows governments to get direct feedback from data users. The index gives both parties a baseline for discussion and analysis of the open data ecosystem in their country and internationally.
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named Melbourne, Victoria, Australia the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year during the ICF’s annual Summit. Melbourne succeeds Montreal, Quebec, Canada as the think-tank’s annual Intelligent Community of the Year.
IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific opens public voting in its search for the top smart city initiatives in the region (excluding Japan) for the third straight year. Out of over 150 smart city project submissions coming from local governments and vendors in Asia Pacific this, only 46 projects were shortlisted by IDC as a finalist in at least one of 14 functional smart city strategic domains in its annual Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).
The Intelligent Community Forum announced its list of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. The 15th annual Top7 list includes communities from four nations, with Australia, Canada and Taiwan each contributing two, and Russia contributing a seventh community in a first-time achievement for that nation.
The amount of activity in smart city standardization is truly broad and covers many areas. Some groups, such as IEEE, are looking at detailed technology aspects related to smart city networking or transportation while others, such as the International Organization for Standards (ISO), have a focus on higher-level activities such as strategies for smart city governance or procurement. IEEE Standards University provides a high-level overview of some of the key standards groups and their smart city activities.
Based on the first international standard on city data — ISO 37120 — the WCCD Open City Data Portal allows visitors to explore, track, monitor and compare member cities on up to 100 service performance and quality of life indicators.
A new study by Navigant Research evaluates the UK smart city market, with a focus on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city program. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services.