The City Started Data Management with an Inventory
To get a handle on its data and create structure, the city began by taking inventory of all data. Van Gilluwe led the initiative and saw an opportunity to bring the city’s many data streams together to reveal new insights and spur innovation.
“If we think about all of our different data sets that we have throughout the city, we know that we have these vast arrays of information. If we can marry those data sets together, we can find deeper insights about new questions that will be asked, questions that we may not even know of in the future,” he said at Smart Cities Connect.
After taking inventory, van Gilluwe’s team created Carlsbad’s data library, one that would make all of the city’s data available and easy to find. The library is designed with accessibility in mind, van Gilluwe said, and users don’t need to have library science expertise or know SQL programming or Python to find data in the library.
“Just like as a child, you can go to the library and not just wander aimlessly to find a book that you want, even a type of book. We need to have that Dewey Decimal System here in our cities to have that common language of how we find information,” van Gilluwe said.