Open Data for Smarter Cities

Cities around the world have increasingly started to adopt open data platforms to shape the nature and type of engagement that city halls/public administration agencies have with the citizens. The specificity of local data that could address national and international urban concerns and the increasing number of available data analytical tools means that cities that are proactive about publishing data for consumption by citizens can also rely on creative and collaborative solutions from citizens and community groups.

This ‘Open Data’ is defined by the city of Amsterdam, as raw data from the public sector that is free from copyright, developed through public funding and meets open standards (unrestricted use across various technological platforms). So as cities evolve their journey towards ‘smartness’ and gather data using a system of city infrastructure, sensors, embedded processors and wide area connectivity networks, they also could look at delivering datasets about mobility, housing, demographics and spatial maps online to the citizens.

New York City, another pioneer in open data platforms deliver 1350 data sets collected by its 280 odd agencies through its open data dashboard . London too provides over 500 datasets to help its citizens and tourists enhance their experience of London as a city (


  • Topographical Maps/TopoSheets (Contour)
  • CTS numbers
  • CRZ Boundaries


  • Census Data 1971, 1981,1991, 2001 and 2011 mapped to GIS files from General
  • Slum Data 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011


  • Existing and Previous DP
  • Proposed DP


  • Primary, secondary and higher secondary schools (Public/trust/private)
  • CIDCO primary and secondary schools (with starting grade and passing out grade)
  • Junior Colleges (Public/trust/private)
  • Senior Colleges (Public/trust/private)
  • Vocational Institutes (Public/trust/private)
  • Polytechnic Schools
  • Schools for disabled/physically challenged
  • Technical education like Engineering, Medical, Architecture(Public/trust/private with capacity and enrollment) Aanganwadis
  • Teacher student ratio in CIDCO and private schools
  • Retention Rates/Dropout Rates


  • Street Network with posted speed limits
  • Bridges, flyovers
  • Rail Network with local (slow and express) and outstation railway stations
  • CIDCO and MSRDC Parking Lots
  • Bus Network with bus stops and bus depots
  • Taxi and Auto stands
  • Bicycle Networks
  • Ferry Terminals
  • Metro Corridors
  • Trans Harbor Link  and other proposed highways and expressways
  • Truck sheds and Routes (for garbage collection)
  • Street Lighting
  • Road Accident prone spots.
  • Heavy peak time traffic roads
  • Heavy pedestrian congestion roads
  • Subways
  • ROW
  • Footpath


  • Swasthya Chowky
  • Maternity  and post-partum centers (with/without NUHM compliance, no. of beds, doctors, no of patients treated)
  • Peripheral Hospitals (no. of beds, doctors, no of patients treated)
  • Trauma Centers (no. of beds, doctors, no of patients treated)
  • General Hospitals (no. of beds, doctors, no of patients treated)
  • Specialty Hospitals (with all diseases treated)
  • Charitable Trust Organisations (total beds, no.of beds given to CIDCO, no of patients treated)
  • Cemeteries and burial grounds
  • Sex Ratio
  • Gender resource centers (with statistics)
  • CIDCO Health post (with/without NUHM compliance)
  • CIDCO Dispensaries (with/without NUHM compliance)
  • Maternal Mortality Rates, Infant Mortality Rates
  • Birth Rates, Death Rates
  • Children with Disability
  • Ward wise disease reported (Malaria, Dengue, Tuberculosis, Diabetes, Diarrhea) data
  • Provision of Health Services


  • CIDCO Tenements (EWS, LIG)
  • CIDCO Housing (MIG, HIG)
  • Private Developments
  • Gaothans
  • Chawls
  • Night Shelters
  • Trust Housing (land ownership data)Hostels and accommodation facilities (public and private)
  • Mobile Tower locations
  • Slum Boundaries (Population – Pre 1998 and Post 1998)
  • Transit Camps (Population)
  • FSI Applicable and FSI Consumed (on building level)
  • Cessed BuildingsReady Reckoner/Stamp Duty


  • Saltpans
  • Rivers, creeks, natural courses
  • Lakes, Tanks,
  • PG playgrounds
  • RGs
  • Parks and gardens
  • Beaches
  • Recreational facilities (public and private with ownership data)
  • Promenades
  • CRZ Boundaries
  • Tree Counts
  • Forests (reserved and private forests)
  • Mangroves (reserved, private and critical forests)
  • Mudflats
  • Intertidal zones
  • Hillslopes
  • Vulnerable settlements
  • Flood prone area and water logging spots.
  • Cyclone prone area
  • Locations which are vulnerable to fire accidents.
  • Locations have storage of hazardous goods.
  • Open spaces and Water Bodies Inventory
  • Inventory of Environmental Features


  • Water Supply Grids
  • Storm water drains, storm water pumping stations
  • Sewage treatment plants
  • Water treatment plants
  • Aeration ponds
  • Public Taps
  • Bore Wells
  • Water Pumping Stations
  • Reservoirs/Over-head tanks/Water Supply facilities
  • Sewerage Lines
  • Toilet Blocks (within slums)
  • Public toilets and Private toilets (CBO data)
  • Settlements which are not served by sewer lines.
  • Open Wells locations.
  • % of unfit water samples


  • Solid Waste Management
  • Trash recycling centers
  • Segregation centers
  • Raddiwala shops
  • Dumping Grounds
  • Waste Collection Points
  • E-waste collection/segregation/recycling centers
  • Bio-medical waste collection/segregation/recycling centers
  • Composting centers
  • Transfer Stations


  • UNESCO world heritage sites (with buffer zone)
  • ASI sites (with defined zones)
  • State archaeological sites (with buffer zone)
  • Hoarding/Billboard Locations
  • Street Furniture


  • Citizen Facilitation
  • ALM Locations and
  • Police Stations &
  • Fire Stations &
  • Local/High/Supreme/Sessions/Civil court/ Criminal courts/
  • Crime
  • Property Tax
  • ACQUA Collection
  • Node wise Budgets


  • Municipal Markets/APMC Market
  • Naka Worker locations
  • Vendor locations (licensed/unlicensed)
  • Hawkers (roaming/fixed)
  • Shops and Establishments (licensed/unlicensed)
  • Employment Rate
  • Dependency Ratio
  • Poverty Rate (BPL, Antyodaya card holders)
  • Per Capita Income


  • Power Distribution grid (with ownership)
  • Electric Meters in Slums
  • Electric Metering in Residential Areas


  • Theatres
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Auditoriums
  • Shopping Malls
  • Libraries
  • Creches
  • Places of Worship
  • Location of predominant activity in Slums