Urban Data Hub: Hamburg becoming a smart city

HafenCity University Hamburg and the Agency for Geoinformation and Surveying (LGV) jointly constitute the competence center for urban data management, the “Urban Data Hub Hamburg (UD-HUB)”, which is being realized as part of the Senate’s “Digital City” strategy. In the future, it will link up data from the fields of transport, environment, social issues and business on an urban data platform and enable it to be evaluated in real time.

The two partners, led by the LGV, are also researching other subject areas and conceptualizing innovative, digital services that can support various user groups ranging from civil society or business to science and administration. Ease of access and up-to-date data will enable the users to perform rapid analyses whenever they want, as the basis for swift decisions.

One example of integrated applications that the LGV has already developed based on the Urban Platform is the web-based mapping service Geo-Online ( http://geoportal-hamburg.de/Geoportal/Geo-Online/index.html ) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Users can for instance call up the current traffic situation, development plans, educational institutions or the location and current occupancy of electric charging points.

ELBE+ is a further cross-sector data application. Inquiries about pipes and cables in Hamburg can now be processed electronically. The Digital Participation System (DIPAS) currently being developed under the direction of the State Ministry for Urban Development and Housing will likewise use the Urban Data Platform as its basis. This technology is based on the “City Scopes” developed at the CityScienceLab of HCU Hamburg. The data-based interactive city models enable informal involvement of citizens in urban planning proposals.

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