Innovate Cities (IC) and School of Cities Urban Data Centre (UDC) partner to address the challenges presented by urban data. This collaboration will further strive to connect data, technologies and processes that were typically siloed.

Together Innovate Cities and the Urban Data Centre will facilitate the sharing of data from producers in an accessible and useable form through Innovate Cities’ Data Trust, CityShield. Urban Data Centre aims to support the design, planning and operations of cities by expanding the opportunities presented by data and support a wide array of ground-breaking Canadian urban research hitherto impossible due to previous limitations on access to data.
“Data is currently the preserve of private corporations. We are building CityShield, a not-for-profit data trust utility that will share de-identified data with innovators at cost, abiding by the highest privacy and governance standards,” said Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director, Innovate Cities. “The partnership between Innovate Cities and the University of Toronto’s School of Cities Urban Data Centre will help to promote Canadian innovators while also helping cities to attract innovators and enhance local economies.”

Under this partnership, the two organizations will address complex urban challenges through the use of data for good, with the aim of making cities more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and equitable. The two organizations will collaborate on a variety of initiatives including demonstration and pilot projects, as well as the creation of practices and standards for responsible data sharing.

“We are excited to partner with Innovate Cities to help cities solve their most critical digital infrastructure challenges,” said Mark Fox, Senior Advisor and Director at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities Urban Data Centre. “With this partnership, we are contributing to achieving our mission of enhancing the design, planning and operations of cities by identifying the opportunities and addressing the challenges presented by urban data.”

We are very excited about this joint venture and look forward to all we can accomplish together.