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June 24, 2019

Changes in rural areas, such as depopulation, land abandonment and the loss of biodiversity, may proceed very slowly yet are often irreversible. Policymakers can steer these developments in order to reduce their negative impacts but this requires knowing whether current policy instruments are effective, who is benefiting from them and in what measure, what driving forces will be most influential and how will they affect people, planet, profits and land-use. To be truly useful, this knowledge must transcend siloed thinking and be the corollary of a joint effort uniting...

June 18, 2019

Twenty-five local authorities, SMEs, researchers and national government delegates took part in an intimate policy visualisation workshop for cities held at the annual Major Cities of Europe conference in Venice on the 13th June.

Introduced to the digital transformation initiative, PoliVisu, by Lieven Raes of Informatie Flanders, participants had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of using big and open data to make better policy, before being able to be hands on with real policy visualisations from the cities of Ghent, Issy-les-Moulineaux and Pilsen.

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December 13, 2018

Today’s policy making is no longer the sole preserve of political institutions and agents. Governments at different levels, from local to national, have to meet the evolving societal preferences for more inclusive approaches that consider the views of multiple actors, especially citizens. At the same time, there is widespread expectation that policy making should be more agile to keep pace with a changing reality which is increasingly driven by the rapid development, deployment and expansion of emerging technologies and data. Big data analytics in particular attracted...

November 26, 2018

At Select we have a vision of connected cities, where people, processes, data and things are all linked, actionable intelligence is easily extracted, and personalised services are available on demand. In our future cities are the frontier of open innovation. Thanks to the Internet-of-Everything people can share ideas, rapidly create and test new urban services and in effect, anyone can be an innovator.

It’s a vision shared by many in the Smart Cities world, and last week 21c Managing Director, Susie Ruston McAleer, representing Select for Cities, joined the Open and Ag...

November 20, 2018

SELECT for Cities is pleased to announce that three contractors have been awarded contracts to start the third and final phase of its Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP).

SELECT for Cities started its pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services to develop and build large-scale, city-wide, Internet-of-everything platforms to facilitate collaboration and open innovation. The process is highly competitive, and during the previous Phase II five companies produced platform prototypes which used open standards to visualise and analyse city data to generate actionabl...

November 19, 2018

Every year thousands of people from all over the world flock to Barcelona for the grandiose event that is Smart City Expo World Congress. This year's numbers were truly impressive: 21,331 visitors, 844 exhibitors, more than 700 cities and 400 exhibitors collectively covering 146 countries. To say that the event was a perfect opportunity to showcase PoliVisu would be an understatement! For three full days Pavel Kogut conversed with everyone who stopped by the Flemish Pavilion, which is where the project's stand was based. 

Figure 1. Flanders Pavilion at SCEWC2...

November 3, 2018

This month Susie Ruston McAleer, Managing Director from 21c presented the PoliVisu project and SELECT for Cities to delegates at the annual Global Forum taking place this year in the city of Copenhagen.  As part of the Smart and Intelligent Cities panel, Susie joined speakers including Sylvie Albert, Professor of Economics from the University of Winnipeg, Hanne Melin, Policy Strategy Counsel and Head, eBay and Alan Shark, Executive Director & CEO, Public Technology Institute, amongst others.

Susie shared PoliVisu’s premise of helping the public sector harness the...

October 26, 2018

OpenTransportNet is awarded Digital Government Excellence status at the 18th European Conference on eGovernment, providing momentum for Daughter initiative, PoliVisu, to continue its innovative legacy.

26 October 2018.  A project to tackle complex urban mobility challenges in innovative ways across Europe has been honoured at the 18th annual Digital Government Conference Awards, held at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. OpenTransportNet (OTN), a multi-partner, multi-country initiative, led by Informatie Vlaanderen, received an award for outstanding digit...

October 12, 2018

21c's MD, Susie Ruston McAleer joined project colleagues from the Flemish eGovernment Authority, Politecnico di Milano and Geosparc to discuss the design and creation of the PoliVisu policy Toolbox.

PoliVisu’s new Big Data-focused policy Toolbox product isn't so much about keeping up with external tech competition as it is about meeting customer demand, the team members decided at an internal planning meeting in Milan this October.

The Consortium are responding to what customers want, which is they want to be able to know how to adopt big data good practice for engaging...

September 27, 2018

Congratulations to PoliVisu consortium member, InnoConnect, for winning the INSPIRE Hackathon’s special security prize with their innovative policing app.

The INSPIRE Hackathon was held in between 18-21 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, collocated with the annual INSPIRE Conference which focuses on developments in sharing and reusing geospatial data across Europe.

The Hackathon theme was to create apps that could easily integrate INSPIRE, GEOSS, COPERNICUS data with data from other domains using web APIs. 16 teams gathered at the start line and competed for the first...

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