Why are we doing this?
We are supporting the creation and sharing of digital services so cities can connect with their citizens in cost-effective and engaging ways.
We're interested in which applications work well and how the apps are being used. We are keen to make the case for what works in public service applications of open data.
What are we doing?
Code for Europe places 'code fellows' (data technologists and designers) in city halls to create new citizen-led digital services, often built on open data.
We are also helping to coordinate a fellowship programme, particularly in the UK. We run workshops for fellows working in different cities to come together to share experiences, meet experts and work on joint projects. We are hoping to engage more UK cities with this project in 2014.
We are working with the following partners:
- ESADE Business School
- Forum Virium
- Waag Society
- City of Amsterdam
- Fraunhofer Fokus
- Provincia di Roma
- Ajuntament de Barcelona
- Manchester Digital Development Agency
We also encouraged cities to share and borrow applications from one another through Civic Exchange, a platform for sharing civic apps.
This project builds on our Make it Local project, which encouraged cities in England and subsequently Scotland to open new data and use it for useful, citizen-focused services.
The project also connects to the Open Data Challenge Series, which is also exploring how to generate public value from open data.