Witan is a new platform to support decision-making for cities. Developed in partnership with the Greater London Authority and now deployed with London’s 33 boroughs, it provides modelling tools and data management processes to help solve real city planning challenges.
Mastodon C's deep technical expertise with data, and their collaborative approach, have been great for us at City Hall. Their technology powers our new approach to city data storage and analysis, and is a core part of our approach to projecting the future of London.
Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director of Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority
A shared web-based system makes it much easier to collaborate across interdependent teams whose models need to match up, for example housing and population.
Senior decision makers can see and stress-test detailed versions and variations of projections, to help them make more data-driven decisions.
Witan makes it fast and straightforward to test what-if scenarios where assumptions may change, for example seeing the implications of an increase in immigration for an area.
Security controls mean that models can be seen and shared only among the colleagues who need them, without needing to be completely locked away from everyone.
The platform will come pre-populated with models, which can be customised depending on your requirements. These will include demography, employment, local planning, waste and energy models.
The Witan platform is built to handle large, fast-moving data sets such as sensor data, as well as small, less frequently updated data such as housing projections.
Witan is more than just a place to keep and analyse data. It’s a place to find other people who can help you find and use data. Through Witan, you will be able to get in contact with people around the world who are looking to solve similar city planning challenges.
Witan users have immediate access to our support team, providing you with technical and modelling help. Just click the ‘help’ button and let us know what you need help with, and one of our experts will get in touch.
The platform and the models it provides are all open source. Organisations can download and run their own version of Witan, or we can host and manage Witan for you.
Witan is being designed to seamlessly interact with other APIs, allowing you to use Witan to run models using data from both the Witan API and any other APIs available.