Four Foundational Collaboration Standards to Common City Challenges
The Task Force of the City Protocol Society completes successfully and publishes the four foundational Collaboration Standards to promote solutions to common city challenges. City Protocol is a collaborative innovation framework that fosters city-centric solutions which benefit citizens and their quality of life.
It seeks to define a common systems view for cities of any size or type, and then embraces or develops protocols that will help innovators create – and modern cities deploy – cross-sectorial solutions that can connect and/or break city silos. City Protocol aims at working across diverse cities by interconnecting them and ultimately creating the “Internet of Cities”.
The Four Foundational Collaboration Standards
City Anatomy (Download)
The City Anatomy, an analogy to the human anatomy and its dynamic physiology, is an organizing framework for the City Protocol. It creates a foundation upon which to build a collaborative platform and tools to support effective city governance, evaluation and transformation. It offers a common language describing the city ecosystem as three key system elements: a set of physical structures (Structure); the living entities that make up a city’s society (Society); and the flow of interactions between them (Interactions). In so doing, City Anatomy helps understanding and mapping interconnections between city systems.
City Anatomy Indicators (Download)
This document establishes definitions and methodologies that identify a minimum set of city data, from available city data catalogs, suitable for measuring city functions according to the structure of the City Anatomy.1 These performance-based measures should guide city development towards urban sustainability, resilience, and quality of life. To this end, this document defines a set of indicators to fully map the subsystems and elements of the City Anatomy. The document offers both the necessary multiscale granularity in the ISO 37120 set of indicators as well as appropriate extensions of the ISO set.
City Anatomy Ontology (Download)
The aim of this document is to develop a foundation ontology that will further define the main building blocks of the City Anatomy model. The document attempts to formalize the concepts put forth in a narrative framework by the City Anatomy Agreement. It ties into the City Foundation and City Transformation Development Themes because it will advance a systems-based science of the city, and advance common vocabulary to implement the conceptual framework of the City Anatomy. It also relates specifically to the Indicators and Definition Protocol Elements (You can download the ontologies here).
Livable Districts (Download)
This document seeks to advance this observation by assessing the concept of livable districts according to the three systems of the City Anatomy. In this anatomy terminology, a livable district is an urban community living in a structure that fulfills all societal needs with highly performing interactions.