TESEV Interviews: Data Sharing for Urban Governance: Prof. Rob Kitchin

13 August 2020

With the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNS), the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has been running the program titled “Supporting Sustainable Cities” since 2016.
This year’s project is designed to highlight the need for effective networks that connect key actors for maintaining a workable “data-ecosystem”.
In order to bring expert opinion to the discussion, TESEV has conducted a video interview with Prof. Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University with the aim of producing a series of short clips providing key insights. Having served as the principal investigator in the project that gave rise to the Dublin Dashboard among numerous other data initiatives that he led, and as a widely published scholar in open data and data-ecosystems, Kitchin’s comments serve as a guide for potential models of partnership to build effective data-ecosystems. Key pieces of information from our interview are presented in this eight-part mini-series.

TESEV Interviews: Data Sharing for Urban Governance: Prof. Rob Kitchin2021-03-09T18:05:15+03:00

Part 1: In your experience with the Dublin Dashboard, which was a multi-partner project, were there obstacles to an effective collaboration? Did the terms of the collaboration change along the way?

Part 2: Given that different institutions may be storing data in various formats, and the fact that some data may not always be shared as open-data, how did you manage the sharing of data among the partners involved? Did you run into bureaucratic or other difficulties in acquiring data?

Part 3: Why are institutions often reluctant to share their data?

Part 4: Do you think a national-level regulation or a mandate for open data would be helpful for a better data-ecosystem?

Part 5: How do various city governance structures compare in terms creating a working data-ecosystem?

Part 6: How do you ensure the sustainability of a collaborative project that needs to stay up-to-date, such as the Dublin Dashboard? Is it best if one institution takes over the responsibility for keeping the platform up-to-date, or is it better to keep the collaboration going?

Part 7: Is it not reasonable to expect cities to take responsibility for the sustainability of urban dashboard projects given that they are the ones benefiting the most from these dashboards?

Part 8: What is a “Data-Ecosystem” and why do we need it for building sustainable cities?

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