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Smart Cities, Smart Communities: The Leeds Data Mill

“This is a pioneering project by Leeds City council”, writes Tech City Insider. “It’s helping the Yorkshire city to become smarter by harnessing, interpreting and presenting open data on the city’s waste, air quality, footfall and much more, in an effort to help decision-makers and consumers change for the better.”

DataPress finished migrating hundreds of datasets last week. The Leeds Data Mill is an ambitious project for the city. They are using the platform to host events and hackathons, engaging with developers and sharing raw datasets.

“Living in a smart city gives everyone the chances to get involved in taking decisions,” says Dr Alice Owen at the University of Leeds.

“Leeds Data Mill is a great example of this. A smart city isn’t just a digital city; a smart city is a city awash with data that can transform the way we make decisions. We can use data and be smart – making intelligent decisions both moment by moment and much, much longer term.”

The Data Mill relies on CKAN and WordPress. Open source plugins can host event pages and integrate with Developers and companies can contribute their own datasets during a hackathon, and Leeds are keen to build their open data community.

“Otley All Saints C of E Primary School has become the first school in the UK to publish information onto an open data platform. Year 6 pupils won a Space Kit to send a weather balloon to the upper atmosphere.” You can check out their open dataset and watch the amazing footage here: