During the fall of 2019 I was interviewed on several occasions by Monica Posada (scientific officer at the Digital Economy Unit of the JRC) on the subject of governments APIs (Application Programmin Interfaces). Monica was interested in knowing Zaragoza data ecosystem, its APIs and digital assets.
We talked extensively over the citizen card, our all-in-one key to the city, over “Etopia Center of Arts and Technology” as a true ecosystem where the cuadruple helix of open innovation can meet artists and together make the complexity of the digital city understandable and re-programmable for citizens. We talked about the Open Urban Lab, as a human API where citizens can launch ideas and engage in their solutions through programs such as “100IdeasZGZ” and “Ojo al Dato”. And, of course, we talked about the long term bet on quality and highly interoperable open data.
As a result, Zaragoza ecosystem appears in the latest JRC Science For Policy Report: “Application Programming Interfaces in Governments: Why, what and how”.
The report appears on the same week that Etopia’s 600 sqm digital façade started to show a striking visualization of the pulse of the mobility in the city, a joint effort between the city hall (that provided the data of traffic flows), the University of San Jorge – Catedra Maobility Experience (that thouroughly analyzed them and produced the basic web videos), and the artist Néstor Lizalde, that beautifully adapted its content for that huge display that the LED façade is.