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Smart cities
Smart cities

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1.1 Smart City Trumps

Fancy a hand of cards? Have a go at our Smart Cities Trumps game.

There are five attributes (population density, country GDP, green area, voter participation rate and water use) on cards for a number of different cities around the world. You win a turn by choosing an attribute on your card that has a higher value than on the card held by your opponent. You can choose how smart the computer is. Normally whoever wins a turn plays first in the next turn, but you can give yourself an extra advantage by forcing the computer always to play second.

To create the game we used data from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) Open Data Portal. We selected five data sets which show a range of indicators for city performance. Data availability was an issue as many of the data sets on the portal were incomplete, and some of the values were surprising. This highlights a problem many cities face in trying to compare their data. (You’ll find out more about the WCCD shortly.)

You’ll need to take an ‘educated guess’ from time to time, and we hope this will improve your feel for the similarities and diversity of our cities. When you’ve had enough, why not explore these cities in more detail to find out more about how they’re measuring city performance? You can come back any time you like and try to beat the computer.

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