10 May 2016

Finance and Corporate Services

Bristol City Council to host open data Supplier Engagement Day

One of the UK’s leading local authorities is inviting cutting edge companies with a commercial interest in open data to an event which will help design the procurement of a major new city open data platform for Bristol.

Bristol City Council is hosting a Supplier Engagement Day on Thursday 12 May to start a conversation with the market to develop a long term City Open Data Platform to enable and support the digital transformation of many of the council’s services and other commercial services for citizens.

Following its success in Innovate UK’s Future City Demonstrator competition in 2013, the council has been trialling the use of a City Open Data Platform and now wants to secure a long term solution. Open data is central to the council’s approach to innovation and digital transformation and this will be a key part of its future development.

Bristol Futures Director Stephen Hilton said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for leading companies in Bristol and further afield to be instrumental in the city’s development of data driven products and services. We want to provide our citizens, students, developers and others interested in this area with a pioneering source of information which can be used in a multitude of ways to benefit residents, visitors and people who work in the city.

 “Securing a long term partner will help us to establish and then continue to develop the capabilities of the platform so it truly meets the needs of the council as well as businesses and other users, thereby providing smarter services for citizens. This event will certainly help in identifying the issues we need to address in the final tender specification and we look forward to working with the most capable and visionary potential providers going forward.”

 As this is a rapidly shifting environment the council is seeking to engage with anyone interested from the market in advance of the formal tendering process taking place.

The council is interested in exploring the sharing of both open data and ‘closed’ or ‘shared’ performance management data. Bristol is a Node of the Open Data Institute, which is a global network of organisations that support the ODI in connecting, equipping and inspiring people to innovate with open data. You can learn more about the use of the terms ‘open’, ‘shared’ and ‘closed’ by looking at the Open Data Institute’s ‘Data Spectrum.

The event will be hosted at Armada House in Bristol on Thursday 12 May from 2-4pm and will be an opportunity for potential bidders to hear more about the long-term vision for city data and related plans, discuss it with some of the officers leading on the procurement and to ask further questions about the application of the platform.

The event is open to all but booking is essential, please register here.

 This event does not form a part of the formal procurement process. Notice of the formal tender will be communicated through Bristol City Councils procurement portal.