Data Commons License

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Francesca Bria:

"To make this type of citizen data sharing possible, Bria’s team is coming up with a new licensing model called ‘data commons’—“a little bit like the creative commons for the copyright world,” she says.

These licences will allow citizens to control by whom and how their personal data is used, but also “share them for the common good”. Local communities, startups and innovators would be able to use this citizen data—with appropriate privacy protections in place—to build apps and services for the city.

Bria’s team is now working on expanding the types of data collected for the platform. “Many people in Barcelona are creating their own IoT infrastructure to measure pollution, measure noise quality, measure lots of different things but they put them in their homes,” she says. “We are also going into the route of experimenting with health data here in Barcelona, which is more sensitive.” (