Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a municipality with 800.000 inhabitants. The city harbours many creative and technological businesses and has a strong focus on innovation, winning the iCapital award in 2016, with their Amsterdam Approach. This approach to innovation is not solely economically driven, and incorporates cooperative strategies involving the quadruple helix. Amsterdam aims to stay a frontrunner in the digital transition of government services and the changing role of government in society. The city recently presented its agenda on this topic “The Digital City”, which focusses on a free, inclusive, and creative city. This agenda includes policy, experiments and guidelines on digital infrastructure, digital rights, and room for creative projects, enabling innovation with the citizen at its centre. The organization and collaboration between commercial, societal and governmental is organized in consortia, such as Amsterdam Smart City. Here parties look at city wide innovation topics and together develop initiatives to tackle urban challenges.
Another topic that is of growing importance in the city is figuring out their data position. This evolving position looks at how to deal with data generated by the city and how data is generated and used by businesses in cooperation with the city. One of the main ways the city relates to this is issue, is by developing leading principles on data usage. These principles are collected in the TADA manifest. These six principles are designed by the city in collaboration with stakeholders on how to deal with data responsibly.
Another core issue in Amsterdam is its rapid growth. More inhabitants and visitors lead to increased mobility and traffic issues. In order to deal with this growth there is a specific focus on Smart Mobility. The city has complex traffic streams with massive amounts of bicycles combined with cars and public transport. To manage these traffic issues there is a need for better data analysis in order to create sustainable mobility solutions.