Harmonising Cities´ Digital Interfaces
The demand for digital public services continues to grow at a time when municipal budgets are tightening. To improve their selection of services and ensure a good quality of life for their citizens, cities and other public bodies are looking to better engage with businesses and developers.
The best way to do this is to harmonise the cities’ digital interfaces. Doing this opens up a world of possibilities for intercity collaboration as well as developer and citizen engagement, and lays the groundwork for the development of the digital public services as well as business of the future. CitySDK and 6Aika APIs were created to do just that.
City Service Development Kit – CitySDK – is a software development kit that gathers tools and information to help cities better serve developers by providing a set of harmonised programming interfaces for developing digital service delivery in European cities. In keeping with the most common interactions that citizens have with their municipality, the main focus areas of CitySDK are participation, mobility, and tourism.
APIs Boosting Data Driven Business
The work that started with the CitySDK project has been continued in Finland as part of the Six City strategy, a cooperation between the largest cities in the country: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. The main target of The 6Aika Open Data and Interfaces Spearhead Project is to boost data driven business by harmonising APIs and datasets, which enables the scalability of applications built on a specific city API to other cities providing a harmonised API. The cities have focused on four domains: participation, events information, decision making, and resource reservation.
Open and Agile Smart Cities
Both of the projects are a part of OASC (Open and Agile Smart Cities iniative). The overall objective of OASC is to create a Smart City market. OASC kickstarts the use of a shared set of methods to develop systems and make them interoperable across a single city as well as between multiple cities. OASC provides the network for cities all over the world to share best practices, compare results, and avoid vendor (and city) lock-in while advocating for de facto standards.