Friday 16 December 2016

WCCD Welcomes Cambridge, Ontario as 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


Thursday 15 December 2016

The WCCD and ISO 37120 are helping to create a ‘culture of data’ in cities across Canada and globally which engenders a ‘culture of innovation’– the essence of a smart city.

As the WCCD continues to forge ahead as a leader in the global smart cities space, the organisation continues to drive the development of ISO 37122: Indicators for Smart Cities, to complement the already published ISO 37120 with cities across the world already reporting data to the WCCD Open City Data Portal.
The need for data to drive smart city solutions is a central tenet of the WCCD in its support to cities
and nations committed to national and global smart cities agendas. As the number of cities adopting ISO 37120 continues to grow across Canada and globally, cities now have standardised definitions and methodologies for a set of key performance indicators as tools through which to become more sustainable, and smarter.
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A New ISO Standard for Smart Cities: ISO 37122 


This new ISO standard is currently slated for publication in 2017. This new standard – another global first – is currently in the draft stage within TC-268, Working Group 2, led by Dr. McCarney, where globally standardized indicators and methodologies are being finalized.

The key elements of a smart city, as envisioned by TC-268 include the following themes: smart connected infrastructure, smart environment, smart economy, smart government, smart living and smart mobility. The WCCD global network of cities will meet at the 2017 Global Cities Summit (in partnership with the Executive Council of Dubai) from March 7th-9th, 2017, in Dubai. The theme of the Summit will be Cities on the Global Stage - Data as the Universal Language. 
Key elements of ISO 37122

While the growing global debate continues around what exactly constitutes a smart city, the WCCD believes that building a culture of data and having globally comparable, standardised city data that enables cities to learn from each other, is at the core of becoming smart and sustainable.

While this might seem like a lofty goal, tools like ISO 37120 and the culture of city data that it entrenches within a city will make the goal of city sustainability and smartness much more realistic and eventually achievable.



To read more about the WCCD and its trailblazing path in the smart city space, check out the following article in Cities Today. 

Monday 12 December 2016

WCCD Foundation Report #11: Makkah, Saudi Arabia

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Monday 5 December 2016

WCCD Foundation Report #10: Buenos Aires, Argentina

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Tbilisi, Georgia to become WCCD ISO 37120 certified

Joining the global ranks of the WCCD, Tbilisi, Georgia has committed to becoming WCCD ISO 37120 certified in the coming months. With the recent expansion of the WCCD in several Southeastern European cities, Tbilisi will become the first city in the Caucasus to join the growing global network of WCCD cities. The Georgian capital will also play host to an upcoming conference from December 7-9th, at which point the intention of the city to join the WCCD will be formalized. The 9th Tbilisi International Local Economic Development Forum will be attended by WCCD European Representative, Nico Tillie.

Tbilisi, Georgia 

Tuesday 29 November 2016

WCCD signs partnership with Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics and welcomes Eindhoven and Heerlen as WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certified Cities

November 28, 2016
Heerlen, The Netherlands

World Council on City Data (WCCD) President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney is in the Netherlands this week, and has announced a new partnership between the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the WCCD. According to Dr. McCarney: “As the world's cities are increasingly at the forefront of addressing major societal challenges like climate change, smart infrastructure, public safety and inclusive economic development, it becomes particularly important to have reliable and consistent data available to cities and their citizens at the local level. Both the WCCD and CBS believe in the fundamental societal importance of reliable and consistent data. That is why we are working together to build city level data across the Netherlands.”


CBS Director General Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi and WCCD President & CEO Patricia McCarney sign new
 partnership agreement in Heerlen, The Netherlands
The new partnership was announced at the launch of the new CBS Urban Data Centre and Dr. McCarney signed the partnership on stage with CBS Director General Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi. According to the CBS, the CBS Urban Data Center/Heerlen will map out the regional impact of national developments.

The new partnership is underpinned by three, general collaborative opportunities:


  • WCCD ISO 37120 Certification for Dutch Cities. The WCCD and CBS will work together to jointly support ISO Certification for Dutch Cities – building on the foundation of the four cities already certified. In addition to Heerlen and Eindhoven, both Amsterdam and Rotterdam are already WCCD ISO 37120 certified cities  this high calibre city data is important for both city leaders and their citizens as well as national leaders committed to building smart and globally integrated cities that will drive the economy of the Netherlands.
  • Facilitation of CBS data to support city-level WCCD Certification. In the Netherlands, 60 percent of the indicators in the ISO 37120 standard is data already collected and reported by CBS. This will rapidly facilitate Dutch cities achieving WCCD ISO 37120 certification.
  • Integration of WCCD Certification into the CBS Urban Data Centre model. Inclusion of WCCD ISO 37120 certification as a core component of the ‘CBS Urban Data Centre’ model for existing, planned, and future CBS Urban Data Centres.
In addition to the partnership announcement, Dr. McCarney also presented the cities of Eindhoven and Heerlen with WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification.

WCCD President and CEO with city leaders from Heerlen and Eindohven

“It is a great pleasure to be here today with the city leaders of Eindhoven and Heerlen," stated Dr. McCarney. ”Both cities have shown tremendous dedication to creating a more sustainable, inclusive, resilient, smart and prosperous future. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Mayor Rob van Gijzel of Eindhoven and Mayor Ralf Krewinkel of Heerlen – as well as to their staff – for this profound commitment to the power of standardised urban data.”

Both certified as WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Cities, Eindhoven and Heerlen each reported more than 90 of the 100 indicators within ISO 37120. Four Dutch cities are now WCCD ISO 37120 certified at either the Gold or Platinum level.

For more information, please contact:
James Patava (WCCD) - james.patava@globalcities.ca
+14169662368

Monday 28 November 2016

WCCD Foundation Report #9: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

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Monday 21 November 2016

WCCD Foundation Report #8: Amman, Jordan

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Monday 14 November 2016

WCCD Foundation Report #7: Minna, Nigeria

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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 8 November 2016

City of Surrey, British Columbia joins WCCD as an ISO 37120 Platinum Certified City

The WCCD is pleased to welcome the City of Surrey, British Columbia (Canada) as its latest ISO 37120 Platinum certified city.

WCCD President and CEO Dr. Patricia McCarney welcomed the city, highlighting its commitment to open date and sustainability.

“It is my pleasure to welcome the City of Surrey to the World Council on City Data as an ISO 37120 platinum certified city. In addition to being the fifth Canadian city certified, Surrey is also the first city certified in British Columbia and in fact, in western Canada. The dedication of Mayor Hepner, the Council and city staff to open, standardized and comparable city data will help to increase quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence based decision making and data driven solutions. The City of Surrey stands out in Canada and globally as a leader in working to create a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.”  

For more information about the WCCD, or ISO 37210, please contact:
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or - 416-966-2368.

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Sunday 6 November 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #6: Shanghai, China

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Every week – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Sunday 30 October 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #5: Helsinki, Finland

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Every week – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Sunday 23 October 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #4: Barcelona

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Every week – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Wednesday 19 October 2016

“Cities of all sizes need high quality data” says WCCD President & CEO as interest in ISO 37120 expands throughout Eastern and Southern Europe, Caucasus 

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This month, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) has certified its newest ISO 37120 Platinum city, and its first in Southeastern Europe. The City of Koprivnica, Croatia, while certainly smaller than some of the other WCCD ISO 37120 certified cities such as London or Shanghai, is proving the long-held conviction of WCCD President & CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney: cities of all sizes need good data to improve city services and quality of life. 

Located in the northern part of Croatia, and with a population of 30,872 (2011), Koprivnica represents a new and growing demand for WCCD ISO 37120 certification throughout Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus – as well as in smaller cities throughout the world. “As the WCCD continues to expand throughout the region, the appetite for standardized urban metrics only appears to be increasing,” stated Dr. McCarney. “Last year was the first time that I had the opportunity to speak to a group of cities from this region about WCCD’s ISO 37120 standard, and the interest was staggering. After addressing the 5th Ljubljana Forum, held in October 2015, the WCCD has only continued to expand its reach throughout the region. Cities are quickly realising that standardized data not only demonstrates accountability and transparency to national governments and the EU, to citizens and industry partners in the smart and sustainable cities sector worldwide, but also showcases a city’s commitment to sustainability across the board.”

Dispelling the myth that only large cities have the capability to implement “world class” city services to improve citizen quality of life, Koprivnica – as it turns out – is a leader on several fronts when compared to other European cities. For example, in looking at number of women elected to local office per 100 000 population, the city bests both London and Amsterdam at 38%, coming in just behind Barcelona at 41%. With a low number of transportation fatalities, homicides and property crimes, the city is also quite safe relative to other cities globally – large and small alike. “Cities of all sizes, throughout the world, need high quality data. Currently in the pipeline, we also have Zagreb and Tbilisi, while we continue to have conversations with additional cities throughout the area,” Dr. McCarney continued. “What was particularly impressive, is that not only has Koprivnica become ISO 37120 certified, but it was certified by the WCCD at the platinum level alongside cities such as London and Barcelona. This is a true testament to Mayor Jakšić and his team, and I look forward to congratulating him in person.”

Koprivnica was certified WCCD ISO 37120 platinum in October 2016 and reported 91 out of a possible 100 ISO 37120 indicators. In addition to Koprivnica the WCCD has certified 7 cities in Europe including: Helsinki, London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Barcelona, and Porto, Valencia. Zagreb, Croatia and Tbilisi, Georgia are also currently in the pipeline and Zagreb is nearing the final data verification phase. Once WCCD ISO37120 certification is complete for Zagreb, the data will be uploaded to the WCCD Open City Data Portal (available at www.dataforcities.org) and Zagreb will become part of the WCCD global network of cities, exchanging knowledge and lessons through standardized data alongside Koprivnica and other cities globally.

For more information on the WCCD, ISO 37120 certification, please visit
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What key issue is missing from the New Urban Agenda?

As part of the continuing Citiscope series on the New Urban Agenda, WCCD President and CEO expands upon what she see's as the key element missing from the document.

"Although the New Urban Agenda briefly mentions strengthening the data and statistical capacity of sub-national and local governments, it does not directly address the critical importance of data in achieving viable development goals or how a lack of reliable, comparative data has been a stumbling block for cities in the past. Worldwide, city governments are making efforts to address the complex challenges of inequality, climate change and infrastructure deficits, while attempting to chart a course to a sustainable, smart, resilient, prosperous and inclusive future for their citizens. However, without high-quality, standardized, city data to guide problem solving and decision making, these risks cannot be fully addressed. The World Council on City Data firmly believes that ISO 37120 can address this critical data deficit. Data is absolutely fundamental for citizens and governments to create transformative change. While statistics are gathered by national governments and international agencies, there are enormous gaps in comparable city-level data. Where urban indicators do exist, they are not standardized, consistent or comparable over time or across cities. Too often, municipal officials lack the capacity to implement local data strategies, and data is not accessible or usable by citizens seeking to participate in city building or to hold their leaders to account." 
— Patricia McCarney, President & CEO, World Council on City Data

Read the full article here

Tuesday 18 October 2016

What is the most innovative, transformational idea in the New Urban Agenda?

As part of an ongoing series by Citiscope in the margins of Habitat III, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, weighed in on what she views as the most transformational aspect of the proposed New Urban Agenda
"One of the most critical aspects of the New Urban Agenda is that it situates cities as essential in combating various global issues such as poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, empowering women and girls, improving health and well-being, fostering resilience and protecting the environment. Like many of my colleagues from around the world, I firmly believe that the global struggle for sustainable development will be a battle largely waged in cities, where two-thirds of the global population will reside by 2050. From the perspective of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) — which is helping to create sustainable cities worldwide through ISO 37120, the first international standard for sustainable cities — the fact that the New Urban Agenda raises the need to harness data and statistical capacities as a means of implementation is an idea with the potential to be globally transformative. I believe that the challenge of creating a more sustainable world — and specifically more sustainable cities — will hinge on the availability of high-quality, standardized and comparable city data for cities to plan, invest, measure progress and learn from other cities globally through accurate benchmarks and high-caliber data analysis." 


Photo credit: Citiscope 

Sunday 16 October 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #3: Boston, USA

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Friday 7 October 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #2: Melbourne LGA, Australia

#DATAFORCITIES  is a 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 – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Friday 30 September 2016

WCCD Foundation City Report #1: London, UK

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Every week – and starting with the WCCD Foundation Cities* for the next twenty weeks - a WCCD City will be profiled  with a short, 3 page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualisations across Twitter (#dataforcities), Facebook and LinkedIn

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Thursday 22 September 2016

World Council on City Data and Philips Lighting embark on Foundation Partnership to promote improved energy efficiency in cities


Philips Lighting and the World Council on City Data (WCCD) have established a Foundation Partnership, providing a platform to demonstrate the enormous potential for cities to raise economic performance and capture significant environmental and social benefits through improved energy efficiency.

The partnership agreement was signed on stage at the opening of Climate Week NYC 2016 by Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting and Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO.

This Foundation Partnership will promote the role that ISO-standardized city data can play in driving the rapid market adoption of high-efficiency energy solutions, which will be critical if cities around the world are to achieve their ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. For example, a global transformation to LED-based lighting would reduce global electricity consumption for lighting by more than 45% and avoid 660 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

An initial priority of the partnership will be to work together to identify priority indicators for city-level energy efficiency and public lighting performance and testing these indicators in collaboration with leading cities in the WCCD network.

WCCD and Philips Lighting will also collaborate on a number of international events in 2016-17, including the WCCD Global Cities Summit in Dubai, encouraging a global dialogue on how ISO standardized city data demonstrate the diverse range of benefits for cities in pursuing smart and sustainable energy and lighting solutions.

Harry Verhaar, Head Public and Government Affairs at Philips Lighting said: “As cities hold the key to achieving the Paris climate goals, the need for data to support progress in cities has never been greater. We are pleased to join hands with the World Council on City Data to help cities as they strive towards a resilient, low-carbon future. Energy efficient LED lighting plays an important role in reducing energy bills and carbon emissions while improving cities safety and livability."

Dr. Patricia McCarney, President and CEO of the WCCD also expressed her views on the exciting potential for the new Foundation Partnership between the two organizations. “For a number of years now, Phillips Lighting has been a key supporter in the work that culminated in the WCCD’s ISO 37120 standard. Their keen insight in the realm of energy efficiency will play a pivotal role in moving forward the WCCD’s goal of creating the smart, sustainable, resilient, prosperous and inclusive cities of tomorrow.”

For more information, please contact:

James Patava (WCCD)
+14169662368 –

Notes to Editors:

The World Council on City Data (WCCD) (www.dataforcities.org) coordinates all efforts on open city data to ensure a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. As a global leader on standardized indicators, the WCCD is also leading the efforts on global implementation of ISO 37120 – the first international standard on sustainable cities. The WCCD has created the first certification system and Global Cities Registry™ for ISO 37120.  WCCD Certification and Registration for ISO 37120 enables cities to participate in the WCCD Open Data Portal for comparative data analytics and informed decision making. The WCCD is a global hub for creative learning partnerships across cities, international organizations, corporate partners, and academia to further innovation, envision alternative futures, and build better and more livable cities.