Wednesday, June 4, 2014

There's Now A Clear Way To Compare Cities

Austin, Texas: The World's Greatest City
Photo: Flickr/Charles Henry
We've all clicked on them.

Rarely a day goes by when a website doesn't list a "Top X" list comparing
cities around the world. But until today, the data and criteria used to compare cities has been entirely subjective. Now, there's an ISO standard for that.

ISO, short for the International Organization for Standardization, develops standards for everything from medical devices to electrical components. Starting today, ISO 37120 will provide city managers with 46 measurements ("standards") to assess city performance and management. This global standards book will help municipal governments focus investment and reduce waste and corruption.

By this time next year, maybe we'll see a "Top Cities" list that's actually data-driven, and not just clickbait.

Check out Citiscope for a full summary of the new standards and a list of the 46 measurements.

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