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Big data for evidence-based public policy

how four waterfront cities are using large datasets to learn
how to better run urban administrations

Join us on 2nd of April at 10:00 in Brussels for the third “Big Data 4 Policy Making” session hosted by Dell EMC and EUROCITIES

to learn about how four waterfront cities – Antwerp, Antalya, Thessaloniki and Cork County –
are using large datasets to improve public policymaking

The cities have teamed up with academic and technology partners in a Horizon 2020 research project that looks at integrating big data applications into how cities run political and administrative processes.

You will hear from:

Cork County Council

Máire Daly

Executive Planner – Planning Policy Unit

Views of a local authority administration

Interpreting statistical, demographic, sensor and user generated data to improve how economic, environmental and social planning strategies are designed.

University of Koblenz Landau – UNIKO

Jun Sun


Big data analytics in social media

Using data analytics to detect social media trends, visualize and integrate them into decision making of local government.

Dell EMC

Andrew Byrne

Senior Research Scientist

The technology side

Creating a cloud-based big data analytics platform with a data visualization frontend, using secure large-scale storage and processing infrastructure.

University of Leuven

Pierre Dewitte

Researcher in Information Technology Law

Legal aspects

Underpinning legally how public entities handle big data applications.

Over three years, the project involves data-driven scenario planning and predictive analytics, also taking into account how citizens can participate more in urban planning.

This is the third of four events where research partners will report back on insights from their work.

This Horizon 2020 project is called CUTLER –
Coastal Urban developmenT through the LEnses of Resiliency.

Partners are:

The City of Antwerp

Antwerp has a population of over half a million with the wider metropolitan area of city plus harbor reaching 1.2 million. Spread out over 2041 km², the city links into a European network of urban centers and cultural hotspots. The Port of Antwerp, which is the second largest in Europe, provides the closest port to the continent‘s main production and distribution centers.
As many other cities, Antwerp grapples with challenges like climate change and a growing population. The city is tackling these by embracing sustainability and entrepreneurship and by building partnerships with public and private stakeholders to develop smarter solutions in the city of tomorrow. Antwerp has developed an open data strategy, collecting and using data on storm water runoff and sewage flows, and intends to take a lead on using technologies like the Internet of Things, the cloud and big data.

Dell EMC

Dell EMC has world-recognized research capabilities across a broad spectrum of ICT technologies. The Dell EMC research center in Ireland drives the company’s future networks and cloud security research agenda and is a leader in a number of major standards efforts. Since its establishment in 2011, the research team in Ireland has been a core contributor on EU-funded projects. The team applies expertise in state-of-the art technologies such as software-defined networking, secure containers, semantic modelling, edge processing, storage virtualization, machine learning and data analytics. Innovative solutions originating from the research have ranged from critical infrastructure protection, cloud security and privacy, cloud management and orchestration to IoT testbeds, IT infrastructure management, digital transformation for regulated industries, and data center optimization.


The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) has participated in several hundred European and national R&D projects. Founded in 1998 with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece, it investigates areas such as semantic multimedia analysis, large scale indexing and retrieval, smart cities, data mining in social media, knowledge structures and ontology engineering, reasoning and personalisation for multimedia applications.
Having recently developed an application that allows citizens to directly communicate with government, the CERTH-ITI team comes with expertise in mobile application development and putting technology at the service of participatory government. Branded “ImproveMyCity”, the application has been adopted by a number of municipalities already. The user data generated also serves as basis for further research.

KU Leuven

The KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advancing and promoting legal knowledge connected to the information society. CiTiP is committed to the highest quality of researching and teaching in the areas of Data Privacy and Information Security Law, New Media and Communications Law, Information Rights Management. Designing innovative legal engineering and risk management techniques are at the heart of its research, which seeks to work across legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. The centre is a founding member of the Leuven Center on Information and Communication Technology and of the Flemish digital research and incubation center iMinds that recently merged with imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies.


Eurosoc#digital is a group of consultants and researchers active in the fields of Open Government, Public Sector Innovation and European Public Policy. Eurosoc#digital develops policy models and designs training concepts for modern governance approaches such as mobile governance, business process modelling and knowledge management with innovative ICT applications. EuroSoc#Digital advises public authorities on how to monitor and evaluate projects, having worked with universities, cities, municipalities as well as national and European institutions. All consultancy projects aim at integrating innovative technology to improve how public bodies make policy. With project experience going back to FP6 and FP7 projects, some of the recent projects have been with Germany’s development agency.

The City of Thessaloniki

The City of Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece. With a population of 325,000 and its metropolitan area of around 850,000 inhabitants it also ranks among the top populated cities in the Balkans. The vision is to transform Thessaloniki into a sustainable city that serves its citizens by using new, efficient and user-friendly technologies and services in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. Thessaloniki has the ambition to become an internationally recognized innovation hub that excels in scientific knowledge and in creating innovative technologies, products and services that move the needle for sustainable economic growth.

Cork County Council

Cork County Council is the second largest Local Authority in the Republic of Ireland, and the largest based on geographic area size.

The Council has an annual revenue budget of approximately €300m and services a population of 400,000 people, or 141,000 households. Current staff numbers total 2,000 approximately. Cork County Council is responsible for the delivery of local government services of a broad and diverse range including Planning, Economic Development, Tourism, Environment, Community Development etc.

University of Koblenz Landau – UNIKO

The German institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz – Landau (UNIKO) comprises 13 full-time researchers, one managing director and three Professors.

It is part of the department of computer science, which has a track record of teaching and research in informatics for over 25 years and currently has over 1900 students enrolled in its programs. WeST works on issues related to the usage and the technologies of the World Wide Web. Some of these aspects are the novel technologies of the Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Social Media and Web 2.0. Since 2004, WeST has successfully participated in 24 EU, nationally funded and internationally funded projects