Founded in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data, open government, community engagement, open smart cities and civic technology.
As a steward of the International Open Data Charter, they operationalize the Charter’s principles into government strategies and roadmaps. This work promotes the effective use of data as infrastructure facilitating sustained engagement between government, civil society, and the public.
With over 50% of the human population now living in urban areas, it is no wonder that we are constantly re-moulding and re-imagining our cities. No longer is it enough to be a big metropolis. Cities must be connected, self-aware, intelligent entities; they must be smart. (Jean-Noé Landry and Suthee Sangiambut)
Of particular interest, the organization is hosting another webinar in a continuing series. This interactive webinar will present findings from OpenNorth’s Open Smart Cities in Canada project – Open Smart Cities in Canada: Webinar 3. The topic of smart cities is particularly important to us at GEO Jobe and we have been assisting a number of localities with their move toward become a smart city. For example, Lewisburg, in Middle Tennessee, where UAV / drone-mapping is helping the city to become a smart-city.
The webinar will refer to tools, practices, policies, recommendations and legal frameworks to guide Canadian municipalities toward co-creating Open Smart Cities with their residents.
About the event… “This interactive webinar will present findings from OpenNorth’s Open Smart Cities in Canada project. We will present a first ever definition for an Open Smart City and the Open Smart Cities Guide V1.0, informed by research conducted in Canada and an examination of international best practices. In the context of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge and the public conversation regarding Sidewalk Labs, this webinar is a timely opportunity to receive public feedback on the definition and structure of our guide. Please come prepared with your questions and comments! The content provided in this final webinar will build upon findings from the Open Smart Cities in Canada’s first and second webinars.”
What is a Smart City?
A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently.This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.The smart city concept integrates information and communication technology (ICT), and various physical devices connected to the network (the Internet of things or IoT) to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving. (Wikipedia)
You can register for the April 17 Open Smart Cities webinar HERE