This month Susie Ruston McAleer from 21c presented the PoliVisu project to delegates at the annual Global Forum taking place this year in the city of Copenhagen. As part of the Smart and Intelligent Cities panel, Susie joined speakers including Sylvie Albert, Professor of Economics from the University of Winnipeg, Hanne Melin, Policy Strategy Counsel and Head, eBay and Alan Shark, Executive Director & CEO, Public Technology Institute, amongst others.
Susie shared PoliVisu’s premise of helping the public sector harness the power of big data to create easy-to-read visualisations to engage stakeholders in mobility policy debate and create more sustainable data driven decisions. She explained that alongside the advance visualisations themselves, PoliVisu aims to remove some of the barriers and costs to finding and using data. The PoliVisu toolkit will feature big data best practices including pragmatic techniques such as how to negotiate a good big data contract with the private sector. And on an accessibility level it is aiming to revolutionise access to data – making it as easy as find as a good chocolate cake recipe online. The talented geo-metadata team are working to make policy ready data accessible though Googles rich snip cards – so relevant data, and visualisations to understand the data can be found, during a normal search in the browser.
The Global Forum/Shaping the Future is an internationally recognized think-tank for exchange and networking among governments at national, regional & local levels, private & public organizations, research & development experts. The independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event is dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The Global Forum brings each year in a different city around the world more than 300 key policy-makers and public/private stakeholders from more than 30 countries from all continents, it is often considered as the Davos for ICT.