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Data Strategies for Smarter Cities and Resilient Communities


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Self-Paced 4 Hours Digital Badge $199


Course Overview

From the Internet of Things to analytics to autonomy to AI/ML and beyond, almost every smart city element has a foundation in data. Without good data, the rest of the smart city vision becomes harder to realize. Evolutions in communication, the cloud, sensors, and computers have all dramatically impacted both the amount of data being developed and the ability to harness the power of data for city operations and the delivery of city services. 

In this module, you will examine common ways communities use data, the roles and skill sets of city data staff, city data strategies, the vendor market, and some of the companies that provide data solutions to cities. This session will introduce you to the people, projects and companies that are shaping the future of public data.

What topics will be covered

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic data science.
  • Examine the role data plays or might play in a smart community and ways in which it can or should be used.
  • Identify the roles and skill sets of city data staff today and in the future.
  • Explain the considerations in developing a comprehensive city data strategy, including security, privacy, and digital rights.
  • Recognize companies and technologies that provide data solutions to communities.









Thunderbird Professor of Practice Pieter Bas Boorsma

Professor Bas Boorsma 

Bas is a leading urban innovation and digitalization specialist & executive with over 20 years of experience in the 'smart city' space. He serves as Professor of Practice at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He also practices what he preaches: Bas serves as the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to the City of Rotterdam. Bas is also Vice President EMEA of the Cities Today Institute, and also serves as Member of the Board, at the Smart City Association Italy (TSCAI). Bas is the author of the well acclaimed book "A New Digital Deal". (September 2017/February 2020 (revised 2020 edition) -

Thunderbird Managing Director and Professor Landry Signe

Professor Jason Whittet

Jason Whittet works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the Digital Innovation Lead at the Arizona State University Smart Cities Cloud Innovation Center. He previously led Smart Cities efforts for 100 Resilient Cities at the Rockefeller Foundation and held smart cities roles at GE, ATT, and IDC Research. Jason helped lead the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and the development of the $100M MassBroadband123 fiber network and served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and in the Army National Guard. He is a graduate of ASU, has an MPA from Northeastern University, and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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To earn the digital badge you must finish this self-paced online course with a finale score of 70% or greater. It provides approximately 4 hours of content. Participants have up to one year from the purchase date to complete this course. This course is worth .4 continuing education credits.