Open Cities | Open Data

Collaborative Cities in the Information Era

  • Scott Hawken
  • Hoon Han
  • Chris Pettit

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Scott Hawken, Hoon Han, Christopher Pettit
    Pages 1-25
  3. Urban Inclusion and Social Entrepreneurship

  4. Knowledge Ecosystems and Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Scott Hawken, Komali Yenneti, Carole Bodilis
      Pages 151-175
    3. Christopher Pettit, Elizabeth Wentz, Bill Randolph, David Sanderson, Frank Kelly, Sean Beevers et al.
      Pages 197-219
    4. Lelin Zhang, Bang Zhang, Ting Guo, Fang Chen, Peter Runcie, Bronwyn Cameron et al.
      Pages 221-239
    5. Jeremy Harkins, Christopher Heard
      Pages 241-263
  5. Civic Innovation and Transparency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Pascal Perez, Christopher Pettit, Sarah Barns, Jonathan Doig, Carmela Ticzon
      Pages 289-309
    3. Auriol Degbelo, Carlos Granell, Sergio Trilles, Devanjan Bhattacharya, Jonas Wissing
      Pages 311-330
    4. Irina Anastasiu, Marcus Foth, Ronald Schroeter, Markus Rittenbruch
      Pages 331-358
    5. Sarbeswar Praharaj, Saswat Bandyopadhyay
      Pages 359-382
    6. Paul Burton, Anne Tiernan, Malcolm Wolski, Lex Drennan, Lochlan Morrissey
      Pages 383-400
  6. Scott Hawken, Hoon Han, Christopher Pettit
    Pages C1-C1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 401-418

About this book


Today the world’s largest economies and corporations trade in data and its products to generate value in new disruptive markets. Within these markets vast streams of data are often inaccessible or untapped and controlled by powerful monopolies. Counter to this exclusive use of data is a promising world-wide “open-data” movement, promoting freely accessible information to share, reuse and redistribute. The provision and application of open data has enormous potential to transform exclusive, technocratic “smart cities” into inclusive and responsive “open-cities”.

This book argues that those who contribute urban data should benefit from its production. Like the city itself, the information landscape is a public asset produced through collective effort, attention, and resources. People produce data through their engagement with the city, creating digital footprints through social medial, mobility applications, and city sensors. By opening up data there is potential to generate greater value by supporting unforeseen collaborations, spontaneous urban innovations and solutions, and improved decision-making insights. Yet achieving more open cities is made challenging by conflicting desires for urban anonymity, sociability, privacy and transparency. This book engages with these issues through a variety of critical perspectives, and presents strategies, tools and case studies that enable this transformation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Scott Hawken
    • 1
  • Hoon Han
    • 2
  • Chris Pettit
    • 3
  1. 1.Urban Development and Design Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.City Planning, Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Urban Science, Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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