Contemporary cities and urban regions face substantial environmental, social and economic challenges which are both natural and human-induced and vary across scales. In addition, these challenges are both place-related and place-dependent; they occur within the streets, neighbourhoods, and suburbs of cities and are therefore inherently spatial. Locating and understanding the diverse urban challenges requires spatial data and tools to support efforts to address them through collaborative and inclusive planning, decision-making and management.
In recent years, there has been a continuous advancement in information and communication technologies (ICT) and the proliferation of data sources, many of which are spatially referenced. However, despite these substantial advancements, many obstacles to successful utilisation of such data and technologies persist, including, but not limited to integration, interoperability, customisation to fit specific application needs and user communities, accessibility and user-friendliness. Geospatial data and tools to specifically address the issues of urban resilience have been developing in a piecemeal fashion.
The Resilience Geo-dashboard is a framework for an innovative internet-based and cloud-based platform which offers tools and functionalities for monitoring urban resilience. It is related to the TURAS City Viewer, a tool for visualizing relevant Geodata for each TURAS urban region. An example of this could be found in:
The dashboard is conceptualized as a loosely integrated computing ecosystem (platform) which incorporates various functional modules and tools and draws on a variety of data sources, including user generated content and sensors. The Resilience Geo-dashboard is underlined by a set of standards, protocols and technical principles (such as open standards, security, reliability, flexibility, usability), operates at several scales (building, community, city and regional) and is delivered through three delivery channels: pc, tablet, and smartphone. The next step includes developing, testing and demonstrating a prototype situated in a representative and complex urban context.
In order to provide substantive analysis, visualization, and communication, the following 8 G-ICT tools were developed within the overall G-ICT infrastructure framework:
1) Reusing Dublin - Crowd-sourced web mapping focusing on the identification of underused spaces:
2) The Meadows Geotimeline - Application focusing on linking local historical events and knowledge (time-data) to a community map (geo-data):
3) Twitter GI - Twitter dashboard focusing on the graphical displayed behind the distribution of tweets about GI (Green Infrastructure):
4) Green Living Room QR code - QR code to provide information and spatial data about the Green Living Room in Ludwigsburg:
5) Sofia Development Mapping Video - Video addressing the issue of urban sprawl:
6) Urban Heat Atlas - WebGIS viewer focusing on mapping the distribution of energy consumption:
7) Rotterdam City Delta App - Application focusing on discovering innovative solutions to protect against flooding:
8) WebGIS Portal - GIS platform to enhance public participation in the public transport planning process:
Further information on all TURAS tools and applications developed with open source software and coding is available on:
By providing information support for an integrated and efficient management and planning to address urban challenges, the Resilience Geo-dashboard should enable the transitioning towards urban sustainability and resilience.
To become an infrastructure and a platform for collaboration the Resilience Geo-Dashboard needs to be developed with input from various stakeholders and its potential users, for example, ICT developers, data owners/ stewards, local and regional authorities, data scientists, NGOs, social media, citizens, and planners.
FACILITATORY (PUBLIC) BODIES:
IT department; community development department; planning and development department; communication department
LOCAL TASK FORCE:
local or regional authority; community group; professional expert; researcher; ngo
urban region; (sub)urban communities
MAIN NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE:
monetary investments; local knowledge; expert knowledge; public institutional set-up
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