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Glasgow City Council creates Open Data Hub

14/09/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Glasgow City Council has set up an Open Data Hub containing a range of data on the city managed by itself and its partners.

Map of licensed premises, Glasgow city centre

It said the hub has been developed to deliver some of the objectives of the Digital Glasgow Strategy, which emphasises the use of digital technology in transforming public services and developing the city’s economy.

It currently includes 38 datasets on subjects such as council buildings, fixed penalty notices and school catchment areas, along with APIs for traffic, cycling and car parking data.

There is also an apps gallery, with maps for subjects such as city development, city centre footfall, council public toilets and cycle routes, and a section on data stories to provide insights on the city.

A council spokesperson said it is trying to make as much data as possible downloadable for use with common software tools, including those based on open source.

Almost all of the data is published under the Open Government Licence, with mapping licensed under the One Scotland Mapping Agreement.

Understanding the city

Councillor Angus Millar, chair of the Digital Glasgow Board, said: "The use of data can help us understand our city better, support innovation and drive improvements in the delivery of public services. Glasgow's Open Data hub offers us - the council and our partners, as well as residents, business and organisations in the city - the chance to take a new and unique look at how Glasgow operates, to see what works well in the city and how it could be improved.

"We want to allow people to engage with the portal to not only gain information on aspects of the city they are interested in, but to help shape decision making and understand how the delivery of public services can be transformed through the use of data. This is a great resource, and we will be working with communities and partners across the city to build on the content already available on the portal to make sure we can get the most out of the opportunities our Open Data Hub can offer the city."

The council highlighted some early findings, including that the number of cyclists in the city centre had fallen by 20% during the lockdowns of spring and autumn/winter 2020, with a slow recovery during 2021.

Image: Locations of licensed premises in Glasgow City Centre. From Glasgow Open Data Hub, Open Government Licence v3.0

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