Open and Agile smart Cities
South-East Queensland is advancing together as a network of Smart Cities.
More than 100 cities from 23 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific have officially joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative to accelerate global smart city development based on city needs. Participating Australian cities are Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan and Springfield. Other cities, including Moreton Bay, Redlands and Toowoomba are increasing their progress towards this initiative as well. Together with the Queensland University of Technology’s Urban Informatics Research Lab, and the Open Data Institute Australian Network, these cities meet regularly to collaborate and further the OASC initiative.
OASC is a city-driven global initiative, focusing on the use of a shared set of methods to develop systems and make them interoperable across a single city as well as between multiple cities. Today’s smart cities are pioneering solutions that improve local practices while promoting sustainable job creation. OASC provides the netowrk for cities all of the world to share best practices, compare results and avoid vendor (and city) lock-in while advocating for de facto standards: www.oascities.org/about/
Australian cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Springfield, together with ODI Queensland and QUT, joined the OASC in October 2015, demonstrating how cities take decisive, collaborative action towards linking regional local priorities with the global technical and economic dynamics:
“This collaboration by cities of the South East Corner of Queensland demonstrates the region’s leadership in harnessing the vast social, economic and environmental opportunity that open data represents,” says Open Data Institute (ODI) Queensland’s CEO Maree Adshead. “We are delighted to play our part in coordinating extraordinary outcomes for our region through this initiative”.
Read more about this historical event here.
QUT’s Professor Marcus Foth, initiator of the Australian contingent and founder of the Urban Informatics Research Lab explains further about the initiative “the OASC principles strongly align with our lab’s research findings: Smart cities require open standards to ensure interoperability and competitiveness by avoiding vendor lock-in. The OASC will enable us to benchmark performance and easy sharing of urban innovation.” Read more about Professor Foth’s establishment of this collaborative partnership here.
Our group Vision:
“To establish an ecosystem of collaboration leveraging Open Data and Innovation to enhance delivery of our members’ objectives for the overall benefit of Australia.”
Our group Mission:
“Share skills, knowledge and experience with member cities nationally and internationally and promote open data and open standards to improve efficiency and outcomes for people, community, business, and the environment.”
Australian member progress report, as at 14 June 2016:
Our member cities have reported the following progress in relation to the first 3 principles of the OASC initiative:
1. API: Adoption of a lightweight, open-license standard API to gather, publish, query and subscribe to in-time context information describing the state of the city. Specifically, the FIWARE NGSI API will serve as a first common API which the supporters will implement. Brisbane has implemented an API gateway and has developed a high level data architecture that will support its smart city. Next steps are to define Brisbane’s Open Data API architecture that leverages the API gateway. The intention is to base this open architecture on the FIWARE NGSI API and redesign any current APIs. Gold Coast has developed a high-level ‘smart city’ architecture, which is based on using the FIWARE NGSI API. It is further intended to develop this into a detailed solution architecture over the next 3 months or so.
2. Data model: Adoption of a simple initial standard data model required for effective interoperability when exchanging context information. Specifically, CitySDK, which is available through the FIWARE NGSI API, functions as a basis.
Brisbane’s data architecture manages a range of data models internally due to many legacy systems. Brisbane intends to incorporate the CitySDK in the Open Data solution architecture and contribute to expanding the CitySDK coverage.
Gold Coast is incorporating the CitySDK into the detailed architecture.
3. Open Data Platform: Adoption of a flexible, easily distributable, open data publication platform that any organisation can set up at a low cost if it is not already being used. Specifically, CKAN will serve as the initial standard platform for publication of datasets or NGSI API resources. CKAN is already integrated and extended as part of the FIWARE Reference Architecture
Brisbane implemented its own CKAN Open Data portal in June 2015 (data.Brisbane.qld.gov.au). In October 2015 Brisbane implemented a shared metadata search with a number of other CKAN portals across Australia including the Australian Open Data portal (data.gov.au).
Gold Coast publishes its open data on the Australian open data platform (data.gov.au), which is a CKAN platform. It is intended to implement the architecture through discrete, contained projects that will adhere to the standards. The first project, still to be confirmed, is likely to be an upgrade and migration of the existing flood modelling system.
AUSTRALIA’S OASC INITIATIVE
For more information on Australia’s participation, you are welcome to contact the following representatives of the foundation Australian members: