“Open data provides the means to adapt to crises”

Grandstand. Waze, GoogleMaps, Citymapper, Mappy, RATP, Karos, Vianavigo, JVmalin… all these applications for route calculation and national and regional multimodal mobility have now entered the daily lives of millions of French people. Developed by private and public companies or local authorities, they have become citizens’ compass, one of the flagship use cases of open data for the general public.

On the environmental side, the French began to consult more and more data related to the weather, air quality, product composition… With the pandemic, they rushed to data related to Covid- 19 (hospitalizations, deaths, contaminations, etc.) and on the platforms deployed by local authorities to find out about places for vaccination, tests, local shops, or to create social ties with isolated elderly people . And more recently, applications for comparing energy and fuel prices have been popular.

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At the origin of the enthusiasm of the French for this data: the presentation of information in the form of graphs, comparisons, thanks to editorial interfaces which make it possible to understand local policies and resources. Easily readable and understandable, this open data offers every citizen and not just a privileged few, factual elements to act on.

Useful information for decision making

In addition to these platforms for the general public, open data is also a source of information for private companies, local and regional authorities, and public authorities. Thus, data on the energy needs of a building, a district or a region are, for energy suppliers, a source of essential information for managing and anticipating production.

On the labor market side, all the data produced by Pôle Emploi on the profiles of applicants, supply and demand and the activities of employment pools allow economic players to orient their labor management policies. Finally, all the data communicated by the local authorities are essential elements for the management of public and private actions.

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If, with digitization, the mass of data has exploded, new technologies make it possible to cross heterogeneous data, to process them using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms and to expose them to various scenarios. Then presented in the form of interactive dashboards, they provide useful information for decision-making.

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“Open data provides the means to adapt to crises”

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