Open-data cities and a road to a digital Brighton
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16:26:56 November 29 2012
Man is by nature a political animal.
ὁ ἄνθρωπος φύσει πολιτικὸν ζῷον
There is no such thing as
society. There are individual
men and women, and there
are families.- Margaret Thatcher
– Individuals live in an increasingly-connected world (where social alienation and exclusion are endemic);
– The growth of cities, including “world cities” and “megacities”;
– Emerging technologies can improve the lives of individual citizens in “digital cities”.
Ours is a brand-new world of all-at-onceness.‘Time’ has ceased, ‘space’ has vanished.
We now live in a global village... a simultaneous happening.
- Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Message (1967)
The small-world phenomenon
Six handshakes away from the President
Six degrees of separation
– Human beings are social beings whose humanity is realised in social relationships;
– The world has not got smaller; – Networks have got bigger;
– Global network of networked cities.
– 160,000 years
– 50 years
– 6,000 years
– More than 640 million people live in the world’s 300 largest cities;
– 483 cities have populations of more than one million; – By 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s populations will live in cities.
– Data is made available (in a structured, non-proprietary format);– Commitment to transparency and accountability;
– A city that thinks like the web.
– Collaborative co-production;
– San Francisco– New York– New Orleans– Boston– Washington– Vancouver– Toronto– Edmonton– Ottawa– London– Lichfield, Manchester, Birmingham...
A new dawn for Brighton and Hove?
When the sun rises, it rises for everybody.- Cuban proverb
But the shadow is just for a few.
- Portuguese rider
- Brighton Rock, Graham Greene (1938)
- Brighton, 2015?
The future is already here;
it’s just not evenly distributed. - William Gibson
The best way to predict the future
is to invent it.- Alan Kay
Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch: http://lod-cloud.net/
HOW DO WE BUILD AN OPEN-DATA CITY
IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE?