A new trend analysis published by UK innovation consultants PSFK could equally serve as the manifesto for the Citizense website. Documenting 11 trends that describe the “Future of Real Time Information”, the report and associated slideshow touches on many of the key themes that Citizense aims to investigate in detail.
Commissioned by the United Nations Global Pulse Team, the report posits that the new wave of real time technologies will enable local communities to “create new solutions that support the care and well-being of the world’s population”.
The authors – who are selling copies of the full report for $150 – suggest:
“We intend for it to be openly shared around the globe between communities, development agencies, academia and other organizations. The aim of the report is to highlight the opportunities that exist for organizations, large or small. In particular, the “left field” examples of data capture and use are published in hope of showcasing how organizations can leap-frog IT investment and still significantly improve the monitoring capabilities.”
The fascinating slideshow embedded here shows the power smart city technology and opendata access policies could have for citizens in cities around the world. Citizense will continue to document examples where communities are taking ownership of these new technologies, as well as providing the resources to enable skills development amongst those keen to participate more actively in the real time information world around them.