The Centre for BOLD Cities is to use big data research to help find solutions for urban problems. ‘BOLD’ stands for ‘Big, Open and Linked Data’.
The local metropolitan area, containing the major cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, will function as a living lab as well as an area of cooperation.
The issues that the new centre will be studying concern the city’s administrators as well as its residents. They include topics such as traffic flows, the quality of schools in various neighbourhoods, how the neighbourhood influences the health of its residents, the analysis of social media during large-scale cultural events, interaction between citizens, opportunities for establishing local businesses, energy consumption and air quality. Ethical dilemmas are a common theme running through them all.
Prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam