Computer and Systems Sciences DSV
Stockholm University / eGovLab, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, SE - 164 07 Kista, Sweden | Phone: +46 8 16 20 00
We explore and select public safety open datasets from agencies (police, fire rescue, etc.) to make data available to the public for visualization and analysis. The data can be used to inform the community about public safety through a single portal and provide context for potential use cases and value of the available data.
New insights into public safety operations and access to data tools and resources will allow developers, researchers, citizens and agencies to identify opportunities for improving public safety in our cities and in facilitating community engagement regarding public safety issues.
Making government data “open” can help policy-makers address complex problems and improve public policies. At eGovlab we conduct systematic research into the use of “untapped” open data to anticipate what will happen in the future. New technological solutions allow us to recognize and use the hidden resources and data flows for informed decision making by city managers, businesses and citizens. Every day we create quintillion bytes of data, which come from sensors that gather climate information, posts in social media, digital pictures, online purchases, etc. An increasing amount of this data stream is moreover geolocated. This opens up the possibility of real-time view of the city at large. At eGovlab, we create tangible examples of a future eGovernance, where the role of the citizen plays an important part and whereby big data inform equal and inclusive future development from a social, economic and environmental perspective. We implicitly gather citizen data from crowdsourcing initiatives and informal public eParticipation platforms (Twitter, Facebook, action groups and community platforms).
eGovlab encourages agencies to move towards open data for public service re-design and improve transparency, while enhancing the relationship between the agencies and the citizen. eGovlab invites agencies to liberate their data to inform the re-design of government initiatives. Open data and new datasets will allow agencies co-creating participatory platforms, as well as single e-services portals (paying taxes, voting, etc), with the citizens, who will play a crucial role in both the design and delivery of public services.
Citizens have heightened public expectations of their government. We identify “life events” –such as building a house or having a baby- during which citizens have to interact with public agencies. By engaging citizens to co-create public services, governments build high-quality citizen-centric services which meet the citizens’ needs.
eGovlab explores new ways to use open data to increase environmental awareness, as well as help people have a secure food chain and get insights intro the operation of public health organizations and services.
i) Open data in natural resources, such as water, clean air and marine resources, provide a template for creating new infrastructures and data tools to generate ideas for new businesses, research and public awareness in the environmental area.
ii) Health data such as patient care and health services can be gathered to share information between healthcare providers and patients to fully engage citizens in the design of the health services.
iii) Open data in relation to growing, making, buying, selling and eating food, can help us co-creating solutions and services that help people eat more healthily and sustainably, while ensuring a secure food production. Open Data can help producers and food consumers to meet their needs.