3 Top Open Civic Data Startups Impacting Smart Cities

16 Feb 2020

Our innovation analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 3 promising open civic data startups.

We analyzed 57 open civic data startups impacting smart cities. Metadata, Politik.ch and Civic Ledger develop 3 top solutions to watch out for.

Heat Map: 3 Top Open Civic Data Startups

For our 3 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 3 interesting examples out of 57 relevant solutions. Therefore, depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.

Metadata Technology – US Government Open Data

We live in an age where information is available in abundance and is used to improve lives in several ways. Various government agencies generate civic data in different formats that are available for startups to collect and aggregate. Civic technologies utilize the collected data to establish greater transparency between governments and citizens.

The US-based startup Metadata Technology develops a data management platform for open government data. Their database collects the metadata and organizes it in various formats. Specifically, it allows users to manually or automatically analyze the data for better policy-making.

Politik.ch – EU Political Open Data

Politics in the European Union (EU) is daunting even with the availability of open data from each of the EU agencies. This is due to the huge amount and variety of data available, which makes analysis an expensive and time-consuming process. Startups apply big data, data analytics, database management, and search algorithms to allow users to easily and quickly sort through political and business data.

The Swiss startup Politik.ch develops a database platform for professionals working in the field of politics. Their database collects all the business data from 26 cantonal and national parliaments daily. It then structures the data in a manner such that it is easy to index and analyze.

Civic Ledger – Open Data Blockchain

Data privacy is a critical feature of online databases or transactions. Moreover, a sense of safety while using online platforms is a must for citizens to register their personal information with government platforms. Blockchain, with its focus on security, allows startups to create a safe environment for the collection and exchange of government open data.

The Australian startup Civic Ledger develops a data-driven platform for open governments. Specifically, it uses blockchain and smart contracts to create a secure and digitized environment for the exchange of information. The exchange between the public and the government is in government to citizen (G2C) format and improves civilians’ trust.

Publication: StartUs Insights