New Perspectives of Data Ecosystem for Sustainable City: Mersin Roundtable
The roundtable meetings organized within the scope of the “New Perspectives of Data Ecosystem for Sustainable City” project continue. The second meeting that brought together data-driven disaster governance related stakeholders from civil society, academia, local government, and private sector was organized in Mersin on June 16th. In the meeting, suggestions on how to improve the city's data ecosystem were discussed based on the solidarity experiences during the 2023 earthquakes.
The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Türkiye Office, has been focusing on one concept of sustainable cities every year since 2016 as part of the "Supporting Sustainable Cities" program. While e-participation, women's participation, inclusive governance, innovation, data-driven local politics, strengthening the data ecosystem, access to data, and community-driven data/volunteer geographic information have been studied so far under this program, the "New Perspectives of Data Ecosystem for Sustainable City" project, which is carried out in the 8th year of the program, brings together the stakeholders of cities that may be related to data ecosystem, with a focus on disaster data, to share experiences and discuss how cities can be made more resilient to disasters.
Turkey started the year 2023 with the earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay. Since February 6, there have been various discussions on the recovery of the earthquake-affected region, the rebuilding of the lives of those affected by the earthquake, and preparations for other possible earthquakes. The “New Perspectives of Data Ecosystem for Sustainable City” project aims at contributing to these discussions with a focus on disaster data.
Afet ve Acil Durumlar İçin Topluluk Odaklı Açık Veri
Kentlerde karar alma, politika ve hizmet üretme süreçlerinin veriye dayalı yapılması gerektiğinin tartışıldığı ve hatta kabul edildiği günümüzde,
afetlere hazırlık ve afet koordinasyonu için de veri gerekmektedir. Özellikle gittikçe sıklaşan doğal afetler ve acil durumlar bu konuda daha fazla çalışma
yapılması gerektiğini işaret etmektedir. Türkiye Ekonomik ve Sosyal Etüdler Vakfı’nın (TESEV) Friedrich Naumann Vakfı (FNF) desteği ile yürüttüğü Sürdürülebilir Kent için Gönüllü Coğrafi Bilgi (GCB), bu raporda afet öncesinde hazırlıkta ve afet sırasında karar alınırken verinin önemini vurgulamaktadır.
The notion that decision-making, policy making and service production processes in cities should be based on data has arguably become commonplace today. Likewise, data is required for preparedness and coordination in the event of disasters. Especially natural disasters and emergencies, which are becoming more and more frequent, reveal that
more work needs to be done in this area. Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) for Sustainable Cities, a project implemented by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Türkiye (FNF), emphasizes the importance of data in pre-disaster preparedness and decision-making during disasters in this report.