Conceptual overadministrative model of cityPopulation 2.6 million
3Tuesday, 24 May 2011
At the start of the Open Data Cities project, there weren’t many city based open data initiatives and most of those were in North America and thesewere underpinned by mayoral decree. In 2009 Greater Manchester was slated to become a City Region that would pave the way for an electedmayor for Greater Manchester. In order for City Region status to be granted there had to be some reform as to how the ten local authorities useddata.We saw that the time was right to bring open data to the fore and we set about talking to the 10 local authorities and other public bodies.The idea of talking about the conceptual idea of the city over the administrative one is also key. People work, rest and play across authorities,people see the city di
erently to the administrative model. Also if open data was to be sustainable it would have to have a larger impact - andpotential market - than any one local authority.