The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication Data strategies for common good-oriented urban development

National Dialogue Platform Smart Cities

Cover: Data strategies for common good-oriented urban development

Editor: BBSR, BMI Series: Individual publication Published: 2021 ISBN: 978-3-98655-003-5 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-2022011210164534420281


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The "Data Strategies for common good-oriented urban development" are the result of an almost one and a half year working process of the National Dialogue Platform Smart Cities and its members. Within the framework of the dialogue platform, around 70 experts came together to further develop the guidelines of the Smart City Charter in an integrated dialogue.The guidelines and recommendations for action now published concretise the Smart City Charter published in 2017. They show how the potential of digitalisation can be used for integrated and sustainable urban development and how the associated challenges and risks can be countered.The aim of these guidelines and recommendations for action is to sensitise the federal government, the federal states and the municipalities to the sustainable and inclusive use of data in the context of common good-oriented urban development and to present the various dimensions of the potential of digitalisation for integrated and sustainable urban development. In seven normative guideline chapters and recommendations for action, this publication shows how the use of data can be consistently implemented for common good-oriented urban development. The guidelines are supplemented by international expert contributions and case studies that provide an insight into the current practice of digitalising urban development.

Project management
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Division RS 5 “Digital Cities, Risk Prevention and Transportation“
Eva Schweitzer ( )

Management in the Federal Ministry
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
Division SW III 2 “Smart Cities“
Dr. Margit Tünnemann, Gudrun Schwarz, Britta Beylage-Haarmann

Research contractor and authors
ifok GmbH, Berlin
Tristan Fuhrmann, Paul Böttcher, Kathrin Bimesdörfer


  1. Introduction
  2. Preamble
  3. Guidelines and recommendations for action

    1. A purposeful use of data
    2. The development and enhancement of data literacy
    3. A value-based approach to data
    4. Creating access to data
    5. Adding value to municipalities through data, improving public services and facilitating local business approaches
    6. Establishing data partnerships to create added value for common good-oriented urban development
    7. Fostering a culture of transparency and enabling participation and co-creation
  4. Expert contributions
    - Harnessing digital literacy for urban development
    - Innovative data management as the foundation for the sustainable use of administrative data
    - Data partnerships to tackle heavy rainfall in cities
    - Localising European data governance: developing urban data strategies for a sustainable, data-driven society
    - Establishing transparency and enabling participation and co-creation in India with Mu City Savior: a contribution to the discussion on Guideline 7

  5. Case studies
  6. Glossary

    1. Definitions
    2. Data classification
    3. Data security


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