Big Urban Data: A Strategic Guide for Cities

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. October 2019

This technical note provides guidance to help municipalities improve city governance through the use of big urban data, which we define as the collective body of information on assets and activities in cities. Our analysis of Latin American and Caribbean cities shows that the application of big urban data is not yet widespread, despite its potential to improve the efficiency and quality of urban services. Furthermore, the significant risks of mismanagement of data initiatives, from politicisation to privacy breaches, are not yet well understood within urban governance.

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