City leaders and national government rightly see big data and the ‘smart city’ as a way to unlock the future of our urban lives. However, it is often pursued and paid for as means of achieving efficiency and control, with the underlying assumption that every problem the city faces is measurable, quantifiable and solvable. This simply doesn’t fit with the messy, contested reality we live in. More to the point networked information and open source data is much more powerful than that. But only when our ability to share and contribute is available to all. As the brilliant Charlie Leadbeater said ‘open source…is one of the greatest competitive levers against monopoly’.
In other words open source platforms are a way of fighting concentrations of power in an effort to stimulate the innovation we need for the future. This is as true for products as it is for politics, and will have a huge impact on how are cities are governed, made and remade.
Is it possible for the public sector to shift from the logic of service provision, to the logic of the platform? If open data is the public infrastructure of the 21st century, then how does this shift the role of the state? And what’s needed to make this shift possible?
With the meetup we aim to facilitate an eye to eye interdisciplinary discussion with the audience. We will invite speakers who are experts in their fields from different disciplines, but the discussion will take place in the round so the audience is as much a part of the discussion as possible.
List of speakers to be announced soon
About the organizers
Erhvervsstyrelsen, The Danish Business Authority, endeavours to create the best conditions for growth, and to make it easy and attractive to run a business in Denmark. Erhvervsstyrelsen is promoting the use of open data from the Danish Government in the business community through the open source platform, Virk Data.
Rikke Gram-Hansen is based in Copenhagen and has a background in Philosophy and Urban Studies. She has worked with open data and smart city projects as a special advisor for the City of Copenhagen and is now senior project manager at Archiland A/S, where she advises on strategic urban development.
Based in between Copenhagen, London & Oslo, In-Between Economies is an interdisciplinary research platform situated at the intersection between economies and the built environment. Supported by a website, publications, and a series of conversations, In-Between Economies aims to establish a dialogue with both experts and the public to examine how both local economies and global markets impact and shape our built environment.
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