Some takeaways from the session on a global marketplace for city data:
- We should focus on using open data to solve the most pressing public issues. There is no need to think about magical solutions for non-existent problems.
- Bottom up is the way to address massive data and information gaps to enable evidence based planning and social development.
There were also some great examples of Open Data initiatives in Los Angeles: LA GeoHub, LA High Injury Network (which led to evidence based change in planning). Crowdsourcing and citizen science toolkit (Open Acres. People mapped 22,000 open spaces in the city of LA).