Friday, 16 December 2016

WCCD Welcomes Cambridge, Ontario and a WCCD Platinum ISO 37120 certified city!











FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 16, 2016 

City of Cambridge joins world-class cities receiving ISO Platinum certification
 

From L to R: Dr.  McCarney,  Mayor Doug Craig, City Manager Gary Dyke
On Friday, December 16, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) officially recognized the City of Cambridge with ISO 37210 Platinum certification. The City becomes the third and smallest city in Ontario, and only the sixth in Canada, to receive this internationally-recognized certification. It is awarded to cities who reach the highest standard in collecting and sharing data, and using it for effective decision making.

“Receiving the ISO certificate is a prestigious honour,” said City of Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig. “It demonstrates how our small city can make a big impact on the world stage. We have now joined a network of innovative cities across the globe committed to sharing data to improve services and quality of life for our communities. It opens the door for us to collaborate and learn from each other to take Cambridge to the next level.”

The WCCD is the global leader in standardized city data that helps create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Cambridge’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organization that uses standardized metrics to find solutions to shared problems. Cambridge’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.

“We heard from citizens that they want us to be transparent, accountable and innovative,” said Cambridge City Manager, Gary Dyke. “The ISO certification recognizes excellence in all three: transparency in providing open data; accountability in our decision making; innovation in becoming leaders worldwide by meeting the highest standards of service delivery planning.”

The ISO certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. It is awarded to cities based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews city data.

“As the World Council on City Data continues to build a network of cities committed to high caliber data across Canada and the globe - we are particularly proud to welcome the City of Cambridge,” stated WCCD President & CEO Dr. Patricia McCarney.  “As a true innovator for smaller communities across the country, Cambridge’s commitment to open data to inform infrastructure investment and drive evidence-based planning and decision making, marks the city as an exemplar of a smart, innovative and inclusive city in Canada and on the global stage. On behalf of the WCCD, I congratulate Mayor Craig, City Manager Gary Dyke and the entire Cambridge team for this tremendous accomplishment and the city’s ongoing commitment to open, internationally standardized and comparable city data.”

To learn more about the WCCD and the certification, please visit www.dataforcities.org.


Primary Media Contact:
Andrea Montgomery
Interim Director of Communications
Office of the City Manager
City of Cambridge
montgomerya@cambridge.ca
(519) 740-4680 ext. 4606 / cell: (289) 983-1781

WCCD Contact:
James Patava
Director of Communications
World Council on City Data
(416) 966 – 2368 / cell (416) 970-3544
James.Patava@globalcities.ca


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