The Urban Observatory is an interactive web-based software platform that allows users to compare and contrast city-oriented maps. It has been developed as an initiative between ESRI, Richard Saul Wurman, and RadicalMedia. Its main aim is to make the world’s (city) data both understandable and useful. The Urban Observatory’s main functions are to compare maps on similar themes from multiple cities and to compare differently themed maps within one city (ESRI et al, 2014).
Working in partnership with academic colleagues from Cranfield University, an Urban Observatory profile for Peterborough has been successfully created drawing on multiple collected and analysed datasets, one of the most important points was to use open data.