Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities

Friday 19 May 2017
09:30 - 16:15 BST
Still Room, IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, 14 Saint Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) and SASNet, in collaboration with BSI, invite you to this free event on ‘Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities’.

Future cities face many challenges as urban populations increase. Physical resources – such as energy and water – along with healthcare, traffic, public transport and other logistics need careful management in order to meet the needs of citizens, maintain economic growth and ensure sustainability. The effective use of data and new technology solutions are providing new tools and opportunities that can help overcome these challenges.

Standards support the widespread adoption of common approaches to the implementation of products and services in future cities. A range of standards are required to help the smart city meet its potential and to help address issues at different levels, from the decision-making at the city level to the interoperability of particular devices.

This event aims to bring together local authorities, researchers and innovators to identify the challenges facing cities, discuss potential solutions to common problems and look at the role and future of smart city standards.

There are no specific pre-requisites for attending but the event is likely to be of most interest to standards professionals and urban planners from the academic, consultancy and public sectors.


  • 09:30-10:00 - Registration, tea and coffee
  • 10:00-10:15 - Welcome, brief overview of UBDC, Dr Andrew McHugh, Senior IT and Data Services Manager, Urban Big Data Centre
  • 10:15-11:00 - Standardisation in Big Data

Tim McGarr, Market Development Manager (Digital), BSI Group

Tom Digby-Rogers, Lead Programme Manager, Sustainability, BSI Group

BSI is independently responsible for UK stakeholder input into international standardisation for smart and sustainable cities and communities. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also commissioned BSI to develop a standards strategy for smart cities in the UK. The strategy identifies the role of standards in accelerating the implementation of smart cities and providing assurance to citizens that the risks are being managed appropriately. Tim and Tom will introduce the work of BSI, the role of standardisation - in relation to both smart cities and big data - and discuss the opportunities for getting involved.

  • 11:00-11:15 - Tea and coffee
  • 11:15-11.45 - Maturing the Smart City agenda

Professor Jacqui Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder of FlyingBinary

Current Smart City standardisation has enabled Smart Cities around the world to adopt a common approach towards the transformation needed from a local agenda to a Smart City agenda. This has primarily been a focus on operational changes to services in a funding climate which has required more to be achieved with less. In order to mature the agenda towards the Internet of Things (IoT) this requires Smart Cities to make a step change.

With the launch of PAS 183 a decision making framework for sharing data and IT services in a Smart City there is now guidance available to start that step change. As an IoT leader in Europe Jacqui will explain the new data sharing framework for UK Smart Cities and how this will support the maturing of the data agenda in the new European regulatory and legislative landscape.

  • 11:45-12:15 - Standardising the Smart City: Toward a new Citizenship Regime?

Dr Matthew Cook PhD FRGS, Open University (with Simon Joss and Youri Dayot)

While there is growing interest in citizen-centric approaches to smart city developments, there is a paucity of research on this phenomena.   In response, this reparative engagement explicates the citizenship mode promulgated by the smart city standard of the British Standards Institution. Drawing upon the notion of citizenship regime and using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the analysis reveals key discursive frames which shape the smart city and the particular citizenship dimensions brought into play. Our research suggests that there is a strong citizenship rationale guiding the smart city standard, which is emblematic of the emerging smart city development discourse, and displays some shortcomings and contradictions. The presentation concludes with recommendations for further research.

  • 12:15-12:45 - Emerging forms of city data and implications for standards and resource discovery, Professor Vonu Thakuriah, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • 12:45-13:45 - Lunch and networking
  • 13:45-14:15 - Smart City Standards – A City Perspective, Trevor Gibson, Smart City Leadership and Development Manager, Opportunity Peterborough
  • 14:15-14:45 - Glasgow - a smart city case study, Max Martinez, Director, Space Syntax, Graham Ross, Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord and Simon Tricker, Co founder and CDO, UrbanTide
  • 14:45-15:00 - Tea and coffee
  • 15:00-15:30 - ISO 37120 certification and aligning standards to existing city indicators

Barteld Braaksma, CBS

Gaby Rasters, city of Eindhoven

Recently CBS, the Dutch national institute for official statistics, has increased its activities to meet statistical needs at local level. This had led to the initiative of launching Urban Data Centres, the first of which was established in the city of Eindhoven. In addition, CBS has entered into a strategic relationship with the World Council on City Data. WCCD promotes the use of ISO standards at local level and takes care of certification. A prominent example is the ISO37120 standard on sustainable development of communities. The process that led to ISO37120 certification for Eindhoven at platinum level will be presented, as well as experiences with locally developed indicators in Eindhoven and plans to align the ISO37120 standard and these existing city indicators.

  • 15:30-16:00 - Big Data and Digital Program in Smart City Helsinki, Dr Ilpo Laitinen, Director of Administration, city of Helsinki
  • 16:00-16:15 - Summary and close

Speaker profiles

Tim McGarr

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Tim McGarr is the Market Development Manager for the Digital area within Standards Development in BSI (British Standards Institution). Tim has specific responsibility for the direction and development of newer standards areas, including Internet of Things, Big Data and Distributed Ledger Technologies.  Tim has been working at BSI since 2009. Prior to BSI, Tim he spent 5 years working in the legal publisher LexisNexis in the strategy department. Before this, Tim he worked as a management consultant for Logica (now CGI) and an internal consultant for BT. Tim has an MBA from HEC in Paris, France.

Tom Digby-Rogers

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Tom is the British Standards Institute (BSI) lead for sustainability and energy standards. BSI is the UK national standards body responsible for the development and publication of good practice standards that underpin industry and society.

Tom is responsible for managing BSI’s Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities committee, which is generating standards to support cities face current and future challenges. Tom is also responsible for BSI’s smart grid and energy systems work, including renewable energy and electrical energy storage solutions. His role is focussed on bringing government, trade bodies, academia and NGOs together to discuss specific sustainability challenges, building agreement on the role for standards in creating market confidence and opportunities to trade effectively.

Professor Jacqui Taylor

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Jacqui is recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her IoT work. As a Visiting Professor at LSBU she is articulating the contribution of the Internet of Things to the New and Convergent Media domains.

After implementing a banking regulatory change programme with Web 3.0 tools she co-founded FlyingBinary a web science company which changes the world with data, one of the original 250 Tech City companies. She is a high profile mentor in the world’s number one digital hub, Tech City. Jacqui mentors Founders specifically to accelerate their technology and funding options for growth.

An appointment for the third year as an Independent Ministerial Advisor in the Cabinet Office of H.M. Government recognised her as a web scientist of influence in the era of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Her company FlyingBinary has been recognised with an IoT international techtrailblazer award. She is personally recognised as one of the 34 IoT Influencers on twitter and one of the 20 global entrepreneurs to watch as part of #GEW2016.

Jacqui collaborated with datajournalism thought leaders to produce her fourth publication, a new PhD primer for journalism using her web science work which connects 34 million citizens across the web. She has articulated the global future of the data journalism industry, she co-founded. As a prominent leader in the the Digital Enlightenment Forum, Jacqui contributed a chapter to the European Yearbook and presented a new Trust and Privacy model which will underpin the Future of IoT in Europe.

Her company has been successfully awarded all eight frameworks under H. M. Government’s industry leading cloud initiative, G-Cloud. FlyingBinary’s latest innovations are underpinning Secured European Cloud Services for Big Data and IoT, which implement GDPR and have no reliance on Privacy Shield arrangements.

She is an expert lead for the British Standards Institute (BSI) team with international colleagues on the top level ISO technical Committee and is the editor for two ISO Smart City standards. As the technical author for the latest British Standards Institute Smart City standard she has articulated the future role of IoT data and services and their value in the domain.

Dr Matthew Cook

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Dr Matthew Cook is Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability at the Open University. He began his career as a professional spatial planner, spending eleven years in industry specialising in innovation policy for urban regeneration and sustainability. He has continued this interest in academia, first at Cranfield University between 1999 and 2009 and, since 2009, at The Open University. Matthew’s interests have led him to investigate smart from a range of angles, working on the governance of smart grid and city developments in the UK, Sweden and Mexico, and topics such as the emerging smart city standards published by the British Standards Institute. Matthew’s work is underpinned by a broader research direction which is attentive to the governance of the socio-technical in pursuit various policy goals such as sustainability.  Matthew currently leads the Smart Governance work package, which explores circulations of smart policy and their role in (re)constructing cities, of the ESRC funded Smart Cities in the Making project.

Trevor Gibson

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Trevor has almost thirty years experience in the public sector, most recently as Director of Environment and Community Services at Peterborough City Council, where he was responsible for the strategic management of a wide range of front-line services. This included responsibility for sport and leisure services across the city. Prior to that he held senior positions with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Trevor is currently the Smart City Leadership and Development Manager with Opportunity Peterborough and was part of the Peterborough team which successfully bid to be one of the UK’s four Future City Demonstrators funded by the Technology Strategy Board. He continues to help develop and deliver the resultant “Peterborough DNA” programme and chairs the British Standards Institute (BSI) Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Committee (SDS/2) which oversees the development of BSI’s suite of Smart City Standards and input to international standards development.

Graham Ross

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Graham is a Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord and Office Principal for their Glasgow studio. He joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 1998, having studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the TU-Berlin. He is an award-winning architect, urban designer and planner and has led significant regeneration, higher education, housing, commercial and transportation projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Graham is currently leading the ongoing (Y)our City Centre project for Glasgow City Council, in collaboration with MVRDV. This project involves preparing Regeneration Frameworks for four significant City Centre districts; Broomielaw, St. Enoch, Central and Blythswood. This work follows on from leading over a dozen design charrettes for town centre regeneration across Scotland; from Greenock to Elgin. Other recent projects include Scotland’s first outdoor museum and new town centre public realm in Helensburgh and a new library at King’s Buildings for the University of Edinburgh.

Graham has been Depute Chair of Architecture + Design Scotland since 2010 and served on the Saltire Society’s Housing Design Awards panel from 2010 to 2016.

Simon Tricker

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Simon is UrbanTide's Chief Digital Officer and has fantastic smart cities calibre and over 20 years experience in the creative and interactive industries.

UrbanTide formed from the team that bid, planned and delivered Innovate UK’s £24m future cities demonstrator for Glasgow. Simon’s key focus was the £7.2m OPEN Glasgow programme that explored the value of opening up city data and created engaging solutions for a range of urban challenges.

Since co-founding UrbanTide Simon has worked with national governments, cities and PLCs providing smart cities maturity modelling, smart business case development and open data training. Simon also leads the product development of USMART – UrbanTides next generation data sharing platform that enables smart organisations to share, integrate, analyse and ultimately open up their data.

Simon’s role on the (Y)our City Centre: Glasgow's city centre District Regeneration Frameworks is to develop digital tools that enable citizens to contribute their ideas and shape the future of Glasgow. Highlighting the emerging smart cities standards and trends, gathering international smart cities examples and best practices and capturing existing smart cities projects within the city - both planned and in development.

Glasgow's city centre District Regeneration Frameworks is a very exciting project that builds on the success of the Future City Glasgow programme and supports Glasgow’s smart city journey

Barteld Braaksma

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Barteld Braaksma is innovation manager at CBS, the Dutch National Statistical Institute. He has been involved in a broad range of activities at CBS, including research, development of new statistics, quality management, standardisation projects and enterprise architecture. Beside his CBS duties, Barteld is active in different international groups; he leads the Blues Skies Thinking Network in the UN/ECE statistical community and is a member of the Steering Group on Big Data in the European Statistical System. Barteld was trained as a mathematician with specialization in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. Before and during his career at CBS he taught mathematics at various universities in Holland and Belgium.


Dr Ilpo Laitinen

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Adjunct professor Ilpo Laitinen is both a senior level director and a researcher and thus shows the capability of working across the boundaries of academia and the business. The work that he undertakes in both of those realms is looking for new solutions to improve the quality of the public sector in the city that is among the world leaders in providing service to its people.

He is internationally experienced both in science and management eg. in public administration and management, smart cities and innovation management. His areas of research cover the reform and evaluation of public administration and management, change management, innovation management, higher education research, and the utilisation of information technology in organisations.

His latest academic publications have been published in International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Journal of Adult and Continuing Education and International Social Work.