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Challenge / Goal

Opening up public sector data is the right thing to do in terms of transparency, accountability and efficiency. Open data has the potential to encourage new commercial opportunities, drive economic growth, and inspire innovation.


This project was enabled through the ERDF programme "Scotland's 8th City - the Smart City", a collaboration across the seven Scottish Cities. The aim is to make cities more attractive, liveable and resilient through data and digital technology - improving the cities for their citizens and making them more attractive to potential investors.  As part of this it is recognised that sharing public sector open data demonstrates openness while the data can be the catalyst for innovation and commercial opportunities.  To solve the challenge research was done into available publishing platform options, a suitable solution was identifeid and the necessary technology was put in place. The platform was developed to be simple to use, whilst having a sustainable means of publishing and maintaining the data in the background.  This has been achieved and the Open Data Aberdeen platform is now being used to publish open data in multiple different formats, depending on the content.  This is the raw data that drives Aberdeen City Council, and its services.  Through the platform users are encouraged to comment on the data that is available, and request new data that they would like to see published.

Citizen participation

Design, implementation, support and maintenance of the Open Data Aberdeen platform


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Time period

Planning time: 2 to 5 years

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years


Aberdeen City Council

Service providers

Aberdeen City Council

End users

Public, Academics, SMEs and Officers

    Main benefits

  • Enabling new business opportunities

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