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Open Gov Summit: Bristol aspires to match New York's smart use of data

The Guardian - We caught up with Gavin Beckett, chief enterprise architect at Bristol city council, to discuss open data and designing smart cities.

This year at the Open Gov Summit 2013, Gavin Beckett, chief enterprise architect at Bristol city council, shared Bristol's story: the council is actively adopting open standards and using open source software – applications where the source code is developed through an open community process, and made freely available to other organisations and users. Open source encourages collaboration and software sharing. We asked Beckett what he thought about the issues and risks around data use, problem solving and open standards.