The Digital Connector

The Digital Connector is an open source piece of software, which allows data specialists to efficiently connect data sets into a common format. 

Combining different data sets into urban models through the Digital Connector is as easy as building a recipe.


The Digital Connector is a step towards open city data interoperability and cross-discipline collaboration. 

The Digital Connector can select from pre-existing models for issues, such as social isolation and active transportation. 

The Digital Connector's built-in importers can harvest a range of data sources into a centralised data format. 

The Digital Connector can merge data from different spatial granularities, with built-in aggregators and de-aggregators. 

The challenge of connecting data sets

To effectively address cities challenges, we must have an accurate understanding of how they behave. Innovations, such as the Internet and the Internet of Things mean we are producing more data than ever before. Combining this data together can enable us to build a more holistic picture of our cities and create models and visualisations to gain new insights into how our cities work. However, connecting data sets is a laborious task for data specialists. It takes considerable time to clean and connect different data sets into compatible formats before the data can even be analysed. 

This is where the Digital Connector comes in. We have built a piece of software, which does this preparatory work, so that data specialists can spend more time analysing data and discovering insights.

What can the Digital Connector do?

The Digital Connector can connect data sets from demographics, environmental indicators, and social services to provide a holistic picture of complex urban issues. This makes it easier for data specialists to produce models and visualisations to demonstrate correlations and trends. This provides decision-makers with a more detailed overview of the various factors that might be impacting their city's challenges, and therefore, how they could address them more effectively. 

What's next?

We have now released the Digital Connector open source! We are currently testing it, but we want it to be the most useful tool it can be, so we need your help! We want you to hack it, build upon it and improve it.

Visit our GitHub account to see how you can use the Digital Connector. 

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