Patricia McCarney is the president and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a professor of Political Science and the director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Toronto, between 1983 and 1994, she worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations – HABITAT in Nairobi. She is currently a member of the ISO Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities, where she is chair of the Working Group on City Indicators. She was integral to the development of the newly published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities. This ISO Working Group is building a family of international standards on global city indicators for sustainable cities, resilient cities and smart cities. Leading the World Council on City Data, she is building a globally standardised database for cities worldwide in conformity with ISO 37120, the first ISO Standard for Cities. As host of this new knowledge platform, the WCCD is positioned to be the leading global city database with standardised, verified, comparable and open city data.
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Around the world, people are developing ways to gather and interpret real-time data about everything from traffic flows to the moods of crowds. But do we really need all this data? Are we measuring the right things?