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Smart Cities and the legibility of Data (2)

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: Readability of data, part 2. Read all the articles in this series here. Last week we discussed the examples of “misleading data practices”. This week: how it should be done. How does it work? The questions that need to be asked first are: how will...

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Smart Cities and the legibility of data (1)

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: Readability of data, part 1. Read all the articles in this series here. Part of the Dutch Design Week and World Design Event was the exhibition Embassy of Data, presented by DATA Studio Eindhoven. The programme included the international conference A City As Smart As...

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A City as Smart as its Citizens: data-empowerment

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: data-empowerment. Read all the articles in this series here. On October 24th during the Dutch Design Week, as part of the World Design Event, DATA Studio Eindhoven realized the exhibition Embassy of Data. Part of the accompanying programme was the international conference A City As...

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World Design Event: All About the Embassy of Data

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: the agenda of Datastudio during Dutch Design Week and World Design Event. Read all the articles here. With the programme Embassy of Data in Dutch Design Week and the World Design Event, DATAstudio Eindhoven lists the lessons she has learned from her programme in recent years. Briefly, the central questions of the DATAstudio were: what does a smart society look like and how can we promote its development? The principles are not difficult to formulate: in a smart society, technology helps citizens to connect, helps them to connect with their (urban) environment and helps them to connect with their government. In a smart society, the wishes and needs of citizens are central, and technological development is not an end in itself, but one (important) means of responding to those needs. The pivotal point of all this is the increasingly important, promising but also problematic role that data plays in society and in the development of the city. Formulating principles is one thing. The next and more difficult question is: what do we need to do to...

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Datastudio: Maya Indira Ganesh on data empowerment

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: Maya Indira Ganesh about data empowerment. Read all the articles here. Maya Indira Ganesh is one of the programme directors of the Tactical Technology Collective, in short, Tactical Tech, and is the keynote speaker at the conference A City As Smart As Its Citizens, organised by the DATA studio on 24 October, during the Dutch Design Week and the World Design Event. Tactical Tech is a foundation that conducts practice-oriented research into the social and political role of technology in the lives of citizens. The organisation is based in Berlin but works internationally. In A City As Smart As Smart As Its Citizens, several speakers discuss the conclusions and lessons to be learned from the DATA studio’s programme. There is a debate with the audience about what the steps to take would be if we would be really serious about developing a smart society. Maya Indira Ganesh does research on digital security and privacy and in the conference, she will discuss how citizens can be data-empowered. Klaas Kuitenbrouwer spoke with her in the...

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Embassy of Data: the Exhibition

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: a preview of the Embassy of Data – Read all the articles here. The Embassy of Data is the title of one of the eight pavilions of the World Design Event during the Dutch Design Week. This is going to be the biggest capstone of the program of the DATAstudio. The central element in the Embassy is an exhibition about the available data in the public domain of the center of Eindhoven. Klaas Kuitenbrouwer talks with Linda Vlassenrood, program leader of the DATAstudio and curator of the exhibition, about the structure and the backgrounds of the presentation. “It’s going to be a sort of Living Lab, but clearly different than usual. In most Living Labs, technology is central, but here, people stand in the center, literally and figuratively. The biggest installation on the exhibition will be a fantastic data panorama, designed by Richard Vijgen and inspired by the well-known panorama of Mesdag in Den Haag; a circular installation that spectators can view from the middle.  The data panorama has a perimeter of 30 meters and shows...

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Data for Dummies with Tsjalling Swierstra

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DATAstudio explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: Data for dummies, the nezt steps. Read all the articles here. Tsjalling Swierstra is Professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Maastricht and one of the experts who has contributed to the development and realization of the programs of the DATAStudio Eindhoven. Under the title Data for Dummies, he has given lectures and had conversations the past year in community centres and retirement homes – especially in Woensel-North – and in the Public Library in the centre. The lectures were about the role of data in the daily lives of citizens, and gave rise to discussions about issues and questions encountered by Eindhoveners when it comes to data. After the holidays, the program continues with new speakers, and with the new title The Power Of Your Mouse Click. Klaas Kuitenbrouwers and Tsjalling Swierstra look back on what was discussed during Data for Dummies. “It is the philosophers’ task to interpret in what time we live and in what kind of society.”Tsjalling Swierstra, professor of philosophy, Maastricht University Who is shaping the increasingly technological society?...

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6x A City as Smart as its Citizens

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week: Looking back on 6 editions of “A City as Smart as its Citizens”. Read all the articles here. A City As Smart As Its Citizens is a series of six readings with discussions about best practices for the smart society. The sixth and so also the last episode took place on June 22nd in the library of Eindhoven. Speaker was Priya Prakash: an innovative social entrepreneur from London. Now that the whole series is finished, it is time to draw up the balance sheet. What can you concretely say about how a smart society should be designed? What are the best practices? And what can Eindhoven still learn about that? The idea of the smart society is a combination of two concepts which, not so long ago, had little to do with each other. On the one hand we had the future dream of the by technology driven smart city: efficient, safe, clean, energy-efficient, circular and green, all with the help of sensors, huge amounts of data and algorithms that can obtain all important patterns...

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The Music Industry as an Example for the Smart Society

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how does that work? What’s going on in a society like that? Are there any good examples to learn from? DataStudio Eindhoven explores the transition a city has to go through to actually become such a smart society. Each week, we present a new contribution on E52. This week, an interview with Priya Prakash. Read all the articles here. On Thursday, June 22nd, Priya Prakash (UK) will be speaking in the last episode of A City as Smart As its Inhabitants. Priya Prakash is entrepreneur and founder of the design studio D4SC, Design for Social Change in London. She specializes in the development and innovation of citizen-centric systems in which the information, data, and insights of citizens and city users, of (municipal) services and of sensors in real time are combined for the purpose of a new kind of approach to urban problems. D4SC’s products have won awards such as The Smart City World Expo Showcase and Innovative UK’s Connected Cities Challenge. IBM placed Prakash on her list of the 100 Tech City Insiders in 2014. Klaas Kluitenbrouwer spoke with her in the run-up to her lecture.   “It’s all about the combination between online and offline”, Perfect Storm At this moment there are three things going on at the same time, which caused the smart city development to end up in a new phase....

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What did cities learn about smart societies?

Eindhoven wants to become a smart society. But how is that going? What’s happening already? And what examples can we learn something from? The Datastudio is researching the transition that the city needs to make to become such a smart society. E52 features a new contribution every Friday. This week: What did cities learn about smart societies? Read all of the submissions here. A City as Smart as her Citizens is the title of a series of lectures-with discussions organised by DATAstudio Eindhoven about best practices for a smart society. On Wednesday, May 24th, digital urban planner Dietmar Ofenhuber, researcher at the MIT SENSEable City Lab, assistant professor at Northeastern University and co-author of Decoding the City, will be speaking in this series. Klaas Kuitenbrouwer spoke with him in the run-up to his lecture. Smart societies vragen om improviserend besturen Een paar jaar geleden zag je in steden veel privatisering rondom bijvoorbeeld stadsverlichting of afvalverwerking. Data viel hierbij in handen van bedrijven als onderdeel van de contracten voor nieuwe diensten en technologieën. Steden hadden nog niet goed door wat ze eigenlijk weggaven. Ook was er vaak sprake van teveel specificatie van de nieuwe technologie, waardoor die niet flexibel was in te zetten bij nieuwe ontwikkelingen. Inmiddels begrijpen steden dit veel beter. Centraal staat de waarde van data. De kunst van de ontwikkeling van een smart society is dan ook...

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