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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 get directions

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.

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Friday 19th May

Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities


Registration, tea and coffee


Welcome, brief overview of UBDC
Dr Andrew McHugh
Senior IT and Data Services Manager, Urban Big Data Centre


Morning session - Shaping Standards


Standardisation in Big Data
Tim McGarr
Market Development Manager (Digital), BSI Group

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


Tea and coffee


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.


Standardising the Smart City: Toward a new Citizenship Regime?
Dr Matthew Cook
Open University


Emerging forms of city data and implications for standards and resource discovery
Professor Vonu Thakuriah
Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow


Lunch and networking


Afternoon session - Adopting Standards for Future Cities


Title TBC
Trevor Gibson
Smart City Leadership and Development Manager, Opportunity Peterborough


Glasgow case study
Speakers and title TBC


Tea and coffee


ISO 37120 certification and aligning standards to existing city indicators
Barteld Braaksma

Gaby Rasters
city of Eindhoven


Big Data and Digital Program in Smart City Helsinki
Dr Ilpo Laitinen
Director of Administration, city of Helsinki


Summary and close



 Speaker profiles

Tim McGarr

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.

Professor Jacqui Taylor

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 Ilpo Laitinen

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.

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