Every day, more and more information becomes available in digital form. This data – sometimes referred to as Big Data – is also available for analysis purposes. Policy and decision makers can benefit greatly by analysing and visualising relevant data. These videos show examples of practical solutions to the challenges of daily life in the city.
Tourism is positive. Many businesses thrive on tourism. However, no one wants to see the Vondelpark bursting at its seams, public transport grinding to a halt, or crowds queuing to get into the Rijksmuseum and shuffling from exhibit to exhibit… Beautiful Noise processes data that tourists and Amsterdam’s residents share on social media for policy and decision makers to use in their work. In other words, Beautiful Noise turns random messages into relevant information.
Rollators are a godsend to many elderly people, allowing them to walk without fear of falling. Unfortunately, the city isn’t always that rollator-friendly. There are bikes blocking pavements, kerbs without ramps and streets dug up for repair. The meet rollator gathers data about popular routes and their accessibility. This data can then be used to generate recommendations for changes to street layouts or locations for health care centres. It can also be processed for use in a handy app that recommends the most accessible route for elderly people to take.