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Challenge No 3: An open Region

Smart cities innovate to create new services. The accessibility of as much public data and as many public services as possible therefore lies at the heart of smart city strategies. meets the open region challenge by promoting Open Data and mobile applications.

Our indicator:

1. Open Data: public data at the service of the public

Open Data combines initiatives aimed at making as much public data as possible accessible, useable and transformable by everyone.
With, the BRIC aims to make the opening up of public data standard procedure in the Brussels-Capital Region. So the Open Data licence developed by the BRIC and Bruxelles Mobilité is at the disposal of every public body, in the broadest sense of the term, that wishes to use it.

Based on two measures, we will monitor the development of access to public information in the Brussels-Capital Region:

  • external: Our goal is for ten Brussels agencies to be sharing their data by 2018 (in 2014, only 3 of them do it) under the Open Data licence already drawn up by the BRIC and Mobile Brussels;
  • internal: The growth in the number of Urbis map downloads under the BRIC’s Open Data licence to over 12,000 downloads by 2018 (7,600 downloads in 2013).

2. Taking part in the mobile revolution

Mobile Internet is gradually taking over from fixed web connections. So smartphones and touch tablets are the new media for public services. This mobile revolution is opening up the way towards a personalised service for users which, together with Open Data, lies at the very heart of the smart city. This is why aims to encourage the use of mobile services in the Brussels Region.

We assess the BRIC’s contribution to the mobile revolution in the Brussels-Capital Region against our goal for 2018: a combined result of 12 new apps (brand new or upgrades) or events within the framework of our mobile strategy (only 2 apps in 2014).

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