A guideline for a public-private partnership on urban big data sharingThis paper explores the construction of public-private partnerships on the subject of sharing big data in cities. It considers data as an strategic asset whose exploitation benefits are not sufficiently permeating our cities neither in the form of better local jobs, new scientific knowledge or well-informed urban operations. It analyzes the barriers and inhibitors of such a sharing agreement between key urban players, especially privacy concerns and cooperation dynamics, and goes over the potential advantages that mixing big data sources in the urban context could have.
The work presents and develops a set of implementation principles for the system, including agents and roles,
building blocks, governance and the new kind of professional profiles needed, building a case for a stronger public action in the field of big (urban) data. We argue in favor of the City Hall as the best positioned institution to take the leadership flag in this endeavor, which can be pursued by combining a soft regulation strategy with the activation of other facilitation tools. We also highlight the contour of data-driven government alongside possible success metrics.
Finally, we list the conclusions of our work as a set of guidelines for those cities interested in progressing in this idea, signaling as future lines of research both the study of optimum locations for its practical implementation and the detailed study of the business model and design of a viable prototype.