Urban Data – A vital part of everyday life!

Hamburg’s journey to becoming a Digital City is well underway: Digitalisation is on the rise in almost every part of our city. This has resulted in a wealth of data from various fields, such as supply and disposal, administration, health, construction, mobility, logistics, transportation and economy – but so far, they have not been linked to one another.

Urban Data – A vital part of everyday life!

The Urban Data Platform Hamburg aims to change that.

Based on a comprehensive concept, the Urban Data Platform allows users to quickly and efficiently integrate and interconnect urban data as well as standardised interfaces.

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Quick and efficient – connect and evaluate data systematically across areas and fields of expertise with the Urban Data Platform

IT systems and/or services in various urban areas can thus be connected in a way that enables them to recognise one another and automatically exchange data.

The data can be configured and evaluated individually via the Urban Data Platform and can be accessed in real time, depending on the user’s needs.

Easy access to the data combined with their extreme topicality allow quick analyses at any time, which in turn aids quick decision making. This prevents additional costs and duplicate work as a result.

Municipalities, companies and residents benefit from the resulting synergies and added value.

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Urban Data – One of the pillars of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s Digital Strategy

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has launched the Digital City strategy and the Digital First project. In doing so, Hamburg aims to use the opportunities digitalisation has to offer to improve the quality of life in the city and its economic appeal.

As one of several digitalisation projects, Hamburg has created an organisational unit in cooperation with the Digital City Co-ordination Offices, which are part of the Senate Chancellery. This unit is known as the Urban Data Hub, with the Urban Data Platform providing the necessary technical infrastructure. The Urban Data Hub is a cooperation between the Agency for Geoinformation and Surveying (LGV), as the responsible party, and the CityScienceLab (CSL) at HafenCity University Hamburg.

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The Urban Data Platform – An example of active interconnectivity

What is Urban Data Platform

Available urban data sets are often intended to be shared with others. By importing these data to the Urban Data Platform, sharing is easy, uniform and machine-readable. Depending on individual applications, the data are filtered, new calculations are initialised and finally, the data are processed for visualisation on the map. Once this process has been completed, the platform provides interfaces that are accessible to all. Data are often integrated into several apps; however, sometimes they are combined with other data and thus create new results.

An example
The Ministry for Enviroment and Energy has created a Street Trees data set. These data contain information on the types of tree, the year in which they were planted and their size. To make these data freely accessible, they are displayed in the Street Trees online application, which uses aerial photographs and a map of the city to display the locations of the trees. The application also allows users to filter for certain tree characteristics.

The My Tree – My City application can also use the same data (trees). In this app, the data are combined with planned trees and their funding contributions. There are a multitude of imaginable uses.

And things get really interesting when external parties use the data to let Hamburg’s residents know the locations of freely and legally accessible fruit trees, for example. Mundraub.org has combined the city’s data with a map of the city on Open Street Map [Mundraub.org is an organisation that provides information on edible landscapes. Their tongue-in-cheek name translates to “theft of food”].