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Access to trusted data is a critical blocker to Net Zero incentives and demonstrable impact. Better access to commercial and open data creates the potential for target-based investments, procurement, products and services, as well as addressing transparency and disclosure. …

Photograph of the inside of a robot that embodied data from the city of London, by Stanza https://www.stanza.co.uk/
Photograph of the inside of a robot that embodied data from the city of London, by Stanza https://www.stanza.co.uk/

This is not a thought piece, it’s a call to action.

We have failed to create smart cities. We have failed to create truly scalable and sustainable mechanisms to enable our cities and countries to benefit from the internet age. …

Benefits

Improved data sharing informs better decisions, leading to efficiencies in operations as well as growth in user demand for data, products and value-added services (including services relating to the growing data market).

From an economic perspective, as we’ve covered before, there is value in moving from Closed data to Shared…

Photo of dark clouds over a cityscape with a river in the foreground and boats in the middle ground. (CC-BY)

I tend to avoid posting bleak/doom-laden things as (a) there’s already a lot of that about, and (b) it doesn’t help bring us a sense of agency. …

Three reasons why you can’t ignore it anymore.

You can no longer build ‘ESG’ or ‘Climate’ as a category: it’s either a business target or your business will be a target.

A further 100+ conversations leads me to think that most businesses and investors are still being led by ‘business…

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The climate and data agendas are deeply linked.

Decarbonising our society will require systems that are automated, that balance resources (across energy, water, agriculture, transport and the built world) to maximise efficiency and reduce waste. …

Some reflections on climate action based on dozens of meetings I’ve been in recently.

‘Decision-makers’ (who are, believe it or not, just regular humans) ignore systemic and complex risks. …

We take for granted that we can search a billion websites from around the world in under a second. The fact that we can do this is the result of a very specific architectural approach, one that is based on standards that have been adopted globally. …

Portion of machine floor, Pullman Industrial Complex [PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, HAER, REPRODUCTION NUMBER IL-5]
Portion of machine floor, Pullman Industrial Complex [PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, HAER, REPRODUCTION NUMBER IL-5]

Why don’t we pay for value in the way it is generated rather than using a legacy system that isn’t fit for purpose?

There must be a raft of research on this [citations welcome], but I’m constantly bewildered by the insistence of certain organisations that continue to ‘require’ hourly timesheets.

1. Design for search — the foundation for discovery and access

Data must be usable by machines, not just humans. Policies must mandate that data be machine-readable in order that it may be collected and used in an efficient manner.

As important is the ability to discover that the data exists, what it is, where it is from, and how it…

Gavin Starks

https://dgen.net || https://icebreakerone.org || Twitter: @agentGav // @icebreakerOne for climate+finance+data

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