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World Council on City Data (WCCD) launches Open City Data Portal with the City of Los Angeles and the National League of Cities in LA

May 11, 2015

TORONTO, ON — Today at the open­ing of the Nation­al League of Cities (NLC) event, “Big Ideas for Cities”, the World Coun­cil on City Data (WCCD) Pres­i­dent and Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Glob­al Cities Insti­tute Direc­tor, Dr. Patri­cia McCar­ney launched the WCCD Open Data Por­tal, the world’s first open, online plat­form for glob­al­ly stan­dard­ised, ver­i­fied and com­pa­ra­ble city data.

The WCCD Data Por­tal is the excit­ing next step in the open data agen­da, enabling cities to com­pare and bench­mark their per­for­mance across 100 indi­ca­tors in the ISO 37120 stan­dard. The WCCD Open Data Por­tal, devel­oped by U of T’s Glob­al Cities Insti­tute and the WCCD, and built by Cana­di­an start-up Focus21 Inc., can be used by may­ors, city man­agers, chief inno­va­tion offi­cers, chief data offi­cers, city plan­ners, com­mu­ni­ty groups, cit­i­zens, indus­try lead­ers and researchers and is posi­tioned to become a glob­al cat­a­lyst for inno­va­tion and shar­ing.

Dr. McCar­ney said, “The launch of the WCCD Open Data Por­tal is the next step in lever­ag­ing the true pow­er of glob­al­ly com­pa­ra­ble, stan­dard­ized city data. The WCCD is extreme­ly proud to be able to launch this ground-break­ing tool at the “Big Ideas for Cities Event”, high­light­ing how impor­tant the WCCD Open Data Por­tal can be for Amer­i­can cities, regard­less of size. That we are launch­ing in Los Ange­les also allows us to offi­cial­ly wel­come LA as a WCCD ISO 37120 plat­inum cer­ti­fied city, and as a WCCD Foun­da­tion City. To have [Los Ange­les] May­or Garcetti join our Glob­al City Lead­ers Advi­so­ry Board to help guide the open city data agen­da into the future demon­strates his tremen­dous com­mit­ment to data informed lead­er­ship in city build­ing.”

Los Ange­les will be join­ing a group of “Foun­da­tion Cities” in the WCCD Open Data Por­tal includ­ing Boston, Toron­to, Lon­don, Barcelona, Dubai, Buenos Aires and Shang­hai, amongst oth­ers. Los Ange­les achieved the high­est-lev­el Plat­inum WCCD cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for ISO 37120, the first inter­na­tion­al stan­dard on city indi­ca­tors for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Under the lead­er­ship of May­or Garcetti, Los Ange­les has become a shin­ing exam­ple of the impor­tance of city data in plan­ning for sus­tain­abil­i­ty and inclu­sive pros­per­i­ty, and har­ness­ing open data for inno­va­tion.

The WCCD is forg­ing new part­ner­ships with UNEP, UNISDR, ICLEI-Local Gov­ern­ments for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and sev­er­al nation­al gov­ern­ments that will bring some 100 new cities onto the WCCD Open Data Plat­form in the com­ing months, and see them cer­ti­fied as WCCD ISO 37120 cities at the upcom­ing Glob­al Cities Sum­mit in Dubai in 2016.


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James Pata­va