Wednesday, 12 December 2018

WCCD certifies the Canadian City of Mississauga at the WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Level

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2018

This morning, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, addressed Mississauga City Council and Mayor Bonnie Crombie, congratulating them on their WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. Joining a group of over 60 data-driven cities from around the world, Mississauga also joins a rapidly growing group of ISO 37120 certified cities in Canada.

(Read more: Mississauga Joins Global Network of Data-Driven Cities - City of Mississauga Press Release)

(L to R): Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner Planning & Building; Harold Dremin, Manager, Business Investment and Sector Development; Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer; Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President & Chief Executive Officer; Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer; Robin Uba, Manager, Corporate Performance & Innovation; Steve Czajka, Manager, Data & Visualization Studio; and Louise Donnelly, Researcher.
“On behalf of the World Council on City Data, it is a pleasure to welcome Mississauga to our global network of data-driven cities,” stated WCCD President & CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney. “Under the leadership of Mayor Crombie, and through the efforts of her team, Mississauga is now WCCD ISO 37120 certified at the highest, Platinum level, joining a group of cities that include London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Quebec City, Surrey and Toronto, amongst others. Harnessing this high calibre, globally standardised and independently verified city data will help to continue to showcase Mississauga locally, nationally and globally as an innovative and attractive city.” 

 “As a data-driven municipality, we’re focused on the importance of transparency and innovation to drive our city forward,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Being awarded this international, platinum-level certification reflects our ongoing commitment to becoming a smart, resilient and sustainable city.
Mississauga excels globally on numerous ISO 37120 indicators, for example, 11,790 Businesses per 100,000 Population and a Council made up of 50% women. Mississauga now joins the ranks of other data-driven Canadian cities by harnessing WCCD ISO 37120 certification to stimulate investment and innovation while further showcasing Mississauga’s competitive position on the global stage.
“Mississauga is now part of an international standard,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Not only does it show how we are doing compared to other cities, but also serves as a benchmark in our planning process. It is important for us to be able to learn from other cities as we continue to build a world-class city.”

WCCD ISO 37120 certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. Cities are certified based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews the city data; ensuring conformity with the definition and methodologies of ISO 37120.

The WCCD is the global leader in standardised city data that helps to create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Mississauga’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organisation that uses standardised metrics to find innovative solutions to shared challenges. Mississauga’s ISO 37120 data is now viewable on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (accessible through www.dataforcities.org) which allows for local, national and international comparisons.

For more information, please contact:

James Patava
+14169662368

Thursday, 29 November 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Heerlen, The Netherlands

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here. 

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website.




Friday, 16 November 2018

The WCCD Welcomes its 10th Canadian City into the Global Network – Welland, Ontario

November 16th, 2018
For Immediate Release


On Tuesday, November 13th, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, officially presented the Mayor of Welland, Ontario – Frank Campion – with WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. The City of Welland reported 95 out of the 100 ISO 37120 indicators.

Read more: Data opens Welland up to the world (Source: St. Catharines Standard)

From L to R: Mayor of Welland, Frank Campion, Welland GIS Coordinator, Jamie Leitch,
WCCD President & CEO Patricia McCarney

Speaking at the event, held in Council Chambers, Dr. McCarney welcomed Welland as the latest city to join the WCCD’s network of data-driven cities across the globe. “Like many cities that are becoming WCCD ISO 37120 certified, Welland’s leadership has made a bold decision to embrace standardised, globally comparable and independently verified city data as a means to drive a more sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive future. Welland - like many medium-sized cities throughout the WCCD global network - embraces the concept that a city of any size can leverage ISO 37120 to compete locally, nationally and internationally.”

"Council is very appreciative of City staff’s commitment to transparency and accountability through an open government mindset and for distinguishing Welland as one of the leading Canadian and international cities for open data initiatives,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “Data is a valuable resource, not just for Council decision-making, but also for providing insight into economic and social issues, and making contributions to the livability, workability, and sustainability of our community.”

The WCCD is the global leader in standardised city data that helps to create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Welland’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organisation that uses standardised metrics to find innovative solutions to shared challenges. Welland’s ISO 37120 data is now viewable on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (accessible through www.dataforcities.org) which allows for local, national and international comparisons.

The WCCD ISO 37120 certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. Cities are certified based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews the city data; ensuring conformity with the definition and methodologies of ISO 37120. Welland is the tenth city to receive ISO 37120 certification in Canada, joining the WCCD global network.

For more information, please contact:

James Patava
james.patava@globalcities.ca 


Thursday, 15 November 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Tshwane, South Africa

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website






Wednesday, 31 October 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Québec // Célébrer le Québec

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.


Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website





Thursday, 11 October 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Taipei

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website





Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Welland, Ontario joins the WCCD as a Platinum Certified City

On September 26, 2018, Welland, Ontario officially joined the WCCD network as one of the first ten cities in Canada to become WCCD ISO 37120 certified. Achieving platinum-level certification, Welland now joins the ranks of other data-driven, Ontario cities such as Toronto, Oakville, Cambridge and Vaughan, as well as cities around the world such as London, Dubai, and Buenos Aires. 

“Welcoming Welland into the WCCD global network of cities truly highlights the deep commitment of Mayor Campion and his entire team to creating a culture of data within their city,” stated the WCCD President & CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney. “As an early adopter of ISO 37120 and achieving WCCD certification, Welland is another shining example that a data-driven culture can exist in cities and communities of all sizes. I extend my congratulations to Mayor Campion and the City of Welland.”

“Council are very appreciative of city staff’s commitment to transparency and accountability through an open government mindset and for distinguishing Welland as one of the leading Canadian and international cities for open data initiatives,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “Data is a valuable resource, not just for Council decision-making, but also for providing insight into economic and social issues, and making contributions to the livability, workability, and sustainability of our community.”

 “This certification is a result of the hard work of city staff along with the support we’ve received from the Mayor and Council in pursuing smart city initiatives,” said Gary Long, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer. “It also reflects our organization’s culture of innovation that encourages staff to share knowledge, experiment, and collaborate on opportunities to use data and information to enhance city programs and services.”

Welland reported 95 out of the 100 indicators within ISO 37120, and the WCCD President and CEO will be presenting Welland’s Platinum certification in a ceremony with Mayor Frank Campion and city staff on November 13th. They are the fifth city in Ontario, and ninth city in Canada, to become WCCD ISO 37120 certified.

For more information, please contact:
James Patava
James.patava@globalcities.ca