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This report sets out how cities can make the most of open data’s economic value. Ovum believes that cities are where the greatest opportunities lie, but also where progress is most needed.


  • City-level open data should be managed locally.
  • Government should not waste money on what open data lets others do.
  • Interests and incentives need to be handled carefully.

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the key economic opportunities presented by city-level open data and how to make the most of them.
  • Identifies the challenges cities are likely to face when setting up open data and how to overcome them.

Key questions answered

  • What economic benefits can open data have for cities?
  • What needs to be done to make the most of open data?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for governments
  • Recommendations for vendors

City-level open data should be managed locally

  • City-level data is especially valuable
  • Local data should be locally managed

Government should not waste money on what open data lets others do

  • Government should not get carried away with mobile apps
  • City-level data eases demand on government

Interests and incentives need to be handled carefully

  • Be ready to upset the apple cart, but don’t start a gravy train
  • Licenses should support developer freedom while preserving transparency
  • Creating incentives is good, but don’t overdo it

It is better to jump into open data than be pushed

  • Cities should take the initiative


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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