A new report has highlighted how outdated methods of data sharing within the built environment are holding back innovation, from smart cities to energy efficient buildings.
A white paper from Arup and the Open Data Institute (ODI) is calling for the adoption of ‘Data Infrastructure for Market Openness’ – an Open Banking-style method of data sharing. The report argues that doing so would move the built environment beyond bilateral data sharing agreements, enabling data to be effectively deployed in tackling the challenges facing the built world, particularly the journey to becoming net zero.
Arup and the ODI are urging the industry to move beyond the current default model for sharing data that slows the process down. They warn that data infrastructure needs to be maintained and upgraded just as physical infrastructure does. The report outlines three different approaches to improving data sharing.