Open Data for Smart Cities


There is a lot of interest in how new technologies and data can be harnessed to improve the places we live in. ‘Smart’ cities are often described as efficient cities, productive cities, comfortable cities. They are cities (and towns) in which data is being increasingly incorporated into things like improving local transport infrastructure, housing planning, reducing pollution and connecting people to essential services like healthcare.

‘Smart cities’ can also be divisive cities, favouring inner city improvements and working only for a few. More than ever, we need to be able to connect communities together. How do we build smart cities and towns that work for everyone? What should an ‘open city’ look like? What needs to change about our current approach?

Course aim

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Describe what makes a city ‘smart’

  • Explain the central role of open data in a smart city

  • Understand how network thinking effects smart city planning

  • Apply network thinking to help overcome smart city challenges

  • Create a plan for a new smart city service that uses open data

  • Analyse future opportunities in smart cities


What to expect
Expect to enjoy a small and personalised workshop taught by an expert trainer and data specialist. The workshop takes a skills-based learning approach and enables you to get hands-on. Leave the workshop with the ability to apply your learnings immediately in the workplace or for a personal project.

Who is this course suitable for?

Open Data for Smart Cities is ideal for those at the ‘Strategist’ level of the ODI’s Open Data Skills Framework. It’s designed for anyone who wants to explore what data can do for them.

It is suitable for government employees, private organisations, researchers, academics and students. Participants of previous courses have included: decision makers, managers, public servants, researchers, policy advisors, journalists, non-profit organisations, students, strategists, data owners and publishers.

What prior knowledge do you need?

No previous data or statistical skills are required; however, comfort with using the web and good computer literacy (including basic spreadsheet skills) is essential.

What to bring

A wifi-enabled laptop with the ability to open a spreadsheet is required. If possible, it should also be able to install new software.

What we provide

Morning Tea (tell us if you have any special dietary requirements)

Course length

3 hours (9.30am to 12.30pm).  Arrive between 9.00 and 9.30am.

Course cost

$250 + GST

20% discounts are available for our Members and employees of our Foundation SponsorsSupporters and the Queensland Government.


Our Trainers

Ellen Broad

Ellen is a leading international expert in open data and is an ODI Certified open data trainer. Ellen just returned to Australia from the UK, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute. While in the UK, Ellen was recruited by then Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Elisabeth Truss (now Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary), as her expert adviser on data. Ellen steered Defra’s #OpenDefra commitment to publishing 8,000 datasets as open data and changing the way Defra’s 22,000 staff worked together. Ellen also designed the open data board game, Datopolis together with ODI CEO Jeni Tennison, which is being played in 19 countries.

Ibrahim Elbadawi

Ibrahim is an international expert and ODI Certified open data trainer. He founded the Dubai Node of the ODI Global Network in 2013. He has since delivered training programs and advised governments in various countries on their open data programs. In 2016, his certified training programs were attended by more than 100 trainees. Ibrahim is also a member of the United Nations e-Government expert group and has contributed to the UN e-Government Survey 2016 and the Open Data Barometer. His most recent activities include co-delivering an Open Data Maturity Assessment workshop for NSW government and speaking at the ODI Summit in London.

Upcoming dates

Friday 25 August from 9.00am for a 9.30am start to 12.30pm at our training facility at Data61/CSIRO, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, Sydney.