Johanneberg Science Park gets new EU project on open data

21 June 2017
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Nine cities around Europe, with Amsterdam at the forefront, will collaborate in SCORE – SMART CITIES AND OPEN DATA RE-USE. The project involves opening up data, lowering the thresholds for collaboration between companies in different countries, and pushing for the development of new innovative solutions and common standards for EU countries. This will lead to accelerated digitalisation in Sweden.

The digitalisation of society is happening rapidly and as globalisation and urbanisation increase, open data is considered one of our most important raw materials. Open data refers to public sector information, available for anyone to use without any requirements other than indication of source and relicensing. Increased use of open data can contribute to more innovative ideas and to greater transparency in public activities, and generate social benefits for citizens and businesses.

All countries participating in SCORE will develop a test-bed, which is open for participation by other actors as well. Johanneberg Science Park is leading the work on implementing results and solutions in the different countries’ test-beds. This enables the development of an international ecosystem of knowledge exchange, which helps to develop how open data can be used and create jobs, both in Sweden and internationally.

Sharing data in the SCORE project is expected to lead to significantly reduced traffic flow and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Together, these nine cities have the combined expertise and knowledge needed, something they wouldn't have if acting individually. SCORE enables the cities to combine their resources to create social benefits together.

– Open data will enable us to rapidly achieve sustainability goals and create an attractive city that facilitates and improves the lives of Gothenburg residents. The public and politicians need to be involved more and the level of knowledge of open data, outside the expert group, needs to be raised. Through collaboration between countries, digitalisation will accelerate significantly, which is in line with what the EU and the individual countries are striving for, says Maria Ådahl, Project Manager of SCORE from Gothenburg.

– For the City of Gothenburg, being a part of the SCORE project will create great value. Synchronising and developing a common international language for open data is expected to contribute to accelerated innovation and greater entrepreneurship. The SCORE project is an example of collaboration with both businesses and academia in order to utilise the potential of the new technology that supports both sustainable urbanisation but also digitalisation in health care and e-health, says Ante Baric, Head of Digitalisation for the City of Gothenburg.

– The cities are facing the same challenges and have great similarities, which means that we have everything to gain from collaborating for efficiency and rapid social transitions, says Ante Baric.

Interreg project North Sea Region
Total budget: SEK 25,000,000
Gothenburg's budget: SEK 5,200,000
Project start: 2018- 2022
Partners: Amsterdam City (project manager), Bradford, Hamburg, Bergen, Gothenburg, Aberdeen, Aarhus, Ghent, Dordrecht, University of Aarhus, University of Bradford, Amsterdam Data Science. 
Gothenburg; Johanneberg Science Park in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg (City Executive Office, Administration for Consumers and Citizens, City Building Office) 

For questions, please contact:
Maria Ådahl, Johanneberg Science Park
+46 (0)721-81 05 78

Ante Baric, City of Gothenburg
+46 (0)31-368 05 22