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Edinburgh Event: Launch of new Standards for Data Sharing and Project Planning in Smart Cities


We are proud to announce that we are going to be in Edinburgh launching two new free guides – part of the British Standards Institution’s series of smart city standards – to help local government officials, businesses and other city stakeholders to share data better in the context of GDPR, and to plan and deliver ‘smarter’ projects in more agile and effective ways.

  1. PAS 183’ is a Guide to establishing a decision-making framework for sharing data and information services
  2. PAS 184’ is a Guide to Developing project proposals for delivering smart city solutions

This event will introduce the two standards, and council representatives, who have played an active role in creating the standards, will discuss their relevance to Scottish cities.

The agenda for the session is as follows:

13.00     Registration and lunch [provided]

14.00     Welcome and introduction

14.15     Data sharing in cities, in the context of GDPR: overview of the ‘PAS 183’ guide. Jacqui Taylor, Flying Binary [author of PAS 183] and Ritchie Somerville, Edinburgh City Council.

15.15     Tea/coffee break

15.30     Developing smart city strategy and implementing smart city projects: overview of the ‘PAS 181’ and ‘PAS 184’ smart city guides

Chris Parker, CS Transform [author of PAS 181 and PAS 184] and Gordon Wright, Aberdeen City Council.

16.30     Discussion

17.00     Close

PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 183 is a sector response to new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be used across Europe from May next year. This practical guide introduces the different data states, recommends approaches to managing data and signposts best practice, such as the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Government Digital Service.

PAS 184 gives an overview of how local government officials can manage their digital projects from inception, delivery, through to measuring outcomes. It advocates for embedding ‘smart thinking’ at every level, and links clearly to the BSI’s framework for smart city strategies (aka ‘PAS 181).

The BSI smart cities guides have been developed through the Cities Standards Institute (CSI), a membership group established by the Future Cities Catapult and the BSI. CSI members are from local government, industry and the UK’s most innovative SMEs, who jointly identify common challenges and create the standards that respond to them. Member fees and central government funds have been used to pay for the development of the new standards.

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