A live, ticking, colour-changing visual data dashboard for London and other UK cities, collecting from various open and free sources and presented as a website. The principal output of a short NeISS/JISC-funded project at UCL CASA.

CityDashboard was created in early 2012 by Oliver O’Brien, with prototyping by Duncan Smith and some additional coding by Steven James Gray, Richard Milton and George MacKerron, all at UCL CASA. The project is not being actively maintained or developed, but remains online for interest and for reference.

About CityDashboard

See it Live

Selected API Uses

API Documentation


  • Roumpani F, O’Brien O, Hudson-Smith A. Creating, visualizing and modelling the real-time city. Proceedings of Hybrid City II “Subtle rEvolutions” conference, May 2013. Online version.

Selected Press

8 replies on “CityDashboard”

I am working with a bunch of researchers, activists artists etc on a seminar series and some site-specific projects centred on East London all under the title of LIVINGMAPS ( ). I wondered if you would be able to have a chat some time about a couple of possibilities including getting you to do a short seminar presentation on mapping and bikes, and maybe also on a possible ‘Boris-Bike’ related project we are planning for late 2014 / early 2015?

The current LIVINGMAPS seminar series continues next week with an event at UCL (Pearson Building) next Tuesday 8th July (6-8:30pm): and a final seminar this term on 22nd July at the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green. We are currently planning a follow on series of seminars to kick off in September and would certainly be interested in your input to these either directly or if you can point us at other people working in the area. I’m in London most of next week so if you can get in touch that would be great… my mobile is 07757 305 327 (text if you cant get me immediately and I will ring you back).


John Wallett

Hello. Amazing website (CityDashboard). Can I please ask if any other cities are expected to join the list, and can Bristol please be considered, if it’s not already? Many thanks. Pieers.

Hi Pieers – CityDashboard is not being actively developed at the moment.

We did consider Bristol – we can only have a limited number of cities featured easily, due to rate limits – so we picked nation capitals and cities associated with the project sponsors/funders. I certainly agree that Bristol is an interesting city with a large population and lots of data to visualise this, and should there be a CityDashboard v2 it is certainly one we should consider.

Good to see both Glasgow & Edinburgh as options.
Hopefully you will consider developing a CityDashboard v2 in the near future.
Alastair Majury

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