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Smart Dubai launches data collaboration challenge

The emirate will recognise entities that have made the most contributions to the Dubai Pulse platform with criteria including data compliance and support for a data-driven culture.

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Data is the first and most crucial element of smart city transformation, said Smart Dubai
Data is the first and most crucial element of smart city transformation, said Smart Dubai

Smart Dubai has launched a six-month-long challenge that brings together government and semi-government data partners to accelerate the collaboration of smart data.

 

Data First, The City’s Data Challenge will recognise the entities that have made the most contributions in terms of providing their respective data to the Dubai Pulse platform.

 

Highlighting the value of data

 

The challenge aims to highlight the value that data will bring to the emirate, encouraging all stakeholders to multiply their efforts in terms of gathering and presenting data. In turn this will allow Dubai to produce more innovative use cases to support the leadership, as well as government and private entities, in their decision-making process.

 

“Data has always been an important element in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai, who has always believed that to successfully utilise emerging technologies and capitalise on investment opportunities in that sector, we need to first identify and supple the right datasets,” said Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, director general of Smart Dubai.

 

“Following HH’s lead, we, at Smart Dubai, recognise the tremendous value that data can bring to Dubai, and the momentum it provides for our plans to transform the emirate into the happiest and smartest city in the world,” she added.

 

“With that in mind, we are delighted to be launching the ‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’ among all our data partners from government and semi-government entities, to emphasise that ‘data’ is the ‘first’ and most crucial element of our smart city transformation plans, and we look forward to awarding the three entities that have exhibited the highest levels of compliance with the Dubai Data framework and policies.”

“We have identified and categorised more than 400 datasets on the Dubai Pulse platform – the digital backbone of the emirate’s smart transformation”

The challenge will recognise the three entities that have made the most significant progress in accordance with five key criteria:

  • compliance with the Dubai Data Law (from July 2019 – Jan 2020);
  • attendance of Smart Dubai data events (which enhances ecosystem engagement);
  • collaboration on data requests from other government and semi-government entities;
  • increase data availability on Dubai Pulse by participating in ingestion cycles;
  • and support for a data-driven culture through internal and external workshops and awareness programmes.

The participating entities’ application process kicked off following the announcement of the challenge and the next step covers the period from July 2019-Jan 2020, and will see the Smart Dubai Data (SDD) team monitor all candidates’ status in a tracking matrix against the set criteria.

 

The three winners will be awarded at an event in January 2020, which will bring together director generals and data champions from all participating entities.

 

“Smart Dubai is on a mission to carry out our leadership’s plans and ambitions for a smart city of the future. We have been working with entities across the emirate to collect and organise city data, in line with the Dubai Data Law announced in October 2015, which called on all government and semi-government entities in Dubai to share their data with Smart Dubai,” said Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai, CEO of Smart Dubai Data.

 

“With the cooperation and support of all of our partners, we have identified and categorised more than 400 datasets on the Dubai Pulse platform – the digital backbone of the emirate’s smart transformation.”

 

“Dubai Pulse and Data First will act as global benchmarks for how the pooling of urban data can improve government efficiency, boost private enterprise and fuel smart city innovation,” he added.

 

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