Collaborative, Secure, and Replicable Open Source Data Lakes for Smart Cities

ODALA is a strategic European project that was launched in September of 2020. It is a collaboration between European cities, different private companies and research institutes and the goal is to improve data management and sharing between cities and regions. Basically, ODALA is an initiative that aims to facilitate decision making in public administrations.

Improving the environmental footprint and the quality of life in cities.

What is ODALA about?

Launched in September 2020, the “Collaborative, Secure, and Replicable Open Source Data Lakes for Smart Cities” (ODALA) is a strategic project to improve data management in cities. European cities and regions from four different countries together with a cluster of private companies and research institutes will leverage open source technologies and digital transformation – for the benefit of public administrations.

ODALA is an initiative that aims to promote the use of Big Data to facilitate and speed up decision-making in public administrations. 

One of the goals of the ODALA project is to set up a data lake - an environment that will help cities connect all kinds of data sources cross departments and cities.

This initiative has a social focus and is designed to help the use of Smart Cities technology simply and practically. In this way, ODALA seeks to facilitate the implementation of data-based tools in European public administrations.

This initiative is contextualized within the framework of Smart Cities, a sector in a continuous process of innovation and growth, which is focusing on the use of data as a source of knowledge for citizens, which allows them to improve their quality of life and anticipate future challenges.

The ODALA project is co-financed by the European Commission with a budget of 2,3 million euros until August 1, 2023.


"A virtual place to bring data together in a secure and trusted way and to make it usable for the city but also for third parties is essential. ”

Jonas Dageförde, Chief Digital Officer, City of Kiel, and coordinator of ODALA


Cities are implementing, testing and validating the tools developed in the project. 


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“We are very pleased to have a consortium of strong partners with technical expertise and a large network of key stakeholders. Together we form the foundation for outstanding project success.”
Jonas Dageförde
chief digital officer - city of kiel


Who we are?

Jonas Dageförde


Benjamin Ditel


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ODALA working together