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Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab


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Environmental pollution is causing a wide range of diseases and premature deaths. Yet, public understanding of these important issues are lacking. The Smart Citizens Lab helps citizens to use open source hard- and software to complement existing environmental sensor networks and gain a better understanding of the current state of pollution, and make this insight actionable.

This presentation was delivered first at the Montréal Smart City Expo, March 26 2015.

Published in: Environment
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Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab

  1. 1. Smart Citizens Lab Frank Kresin Research Director @kresin /
  2. 2. • For self expression and communication • Linking people, groups, communities • Sharing thoughts, blueprints, algorithms • Reflecting & understanding And discovering it’s underlying meaning. Technology
  3. 3. • Making is crucial to understand and act in our world • Best producer is the user • (S)he can learn to make (almost) anything • Sharing knowledge is the key to innovation Maker Ethics
  4. 4. Smart Citizens • Will take responsibility for the place they live, work and love; • Value access over ownership, contribution over power; • Will ask forgiveness, not permission; • Know where they can get the tools, knowledge and support; • Value empathy, dialogue and trust; • Appropriate technology, rather than accept it as is; • Will help the people that struggle with smart stuff; • Ask questions, before they come up with answers; • Take part in design efforts to come up with better solutions; • Work agile, prototype early, test quickly, start all over; • Will not stop in the face of huge barriers; • Continuously share their knowledge and their learning.
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  6. 6. • Ambient (outdoor air pollution) in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012. • By reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma. • The lower the levels of air pollution, the better the cardiovascular and respiratory health of the population will be, both long- & short-term. WHO
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  8. 8. Amsterdam Measuring Stations
  9. 9. Empower people to: • Make visible and tangible the invisible • Understand their environment • Turn data and insight into action • Using public networks of low cost, open source sensors
  10. 10. Smart Citizen Team
  11. 11. Smart Citizen Kit
  12. 12. From Sensors to Sensing • Broad implementation of Smart Citizen Kits • Support and guidance • Enhancing data literacy • Visualisation and interpretation • Discussion and action
  13. 13. Visualisations
  14. 14. Lessons Learned • Sensors need improvement • However, this is not about accuracy • Thorough issue mapping is needed • From sensing to action is challenging • Citizens love it
  15. 15. Smart Citizens Lab
  16. 16. Urban Environmental Challenges
  17. 17. • Better informed, more engaged citizens • Impactful dialogues between citizens and governments • More data, more insight, better policies • More enjoyable, healthy, livable cities Resulting in Issue Mapping: Topical Barcamp Sensors: Open Hardware Bootcamp Sensing: Data Collection Understanding: Visualisation & Interpretation Action: Community Meetup HvA RIVM AMS / Alterra SenseMakers AmEcBoard Amsterdam CTO FabLab Amsterdam Open Wetlab Waag Society Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab Activities Phase 1 Partners
  19. 19. Pointers • Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab • Design Rules for Smarter Cities
 • Smart Citizens Publication • Digital Social Innovation • Illuminated Cities
 • Users as Designers
  20. 20. Sint Antoniesbreestraat 69 1011 HB Amsterdam / Frank Kresin Research Director @kresin /