Does ‘Live Singapore!’ and other urban data projects help us understand our cities better?
MIT’s SENSEable City Lab has recently created a project that takes the real time data of the movement of Singapore and makes it accessible to people for a variety of purposes:
LIVE Singapore! provides people with access to a range of useful real-time information about their city by developing an open platform for the collection, elaboration and distribution of real-time data that reflect urban activity. Giving people visual and tangible access to real-time information about their city enables them to take their decisions more in sync with their environment, with what is actually happening around them.
This project is not dissimilar to the recent app contest held by the city of New York, which asked app developers to use the city’s data reservoirs from 30 different organization to help its citizen’s experience of the city.
While it would appear that this is the beginning of interplay between local government data and private sector uses, the question is how will governments use this information for policy development?
[via: Flowing Data]