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Karin Pfeffer

Karin Pfeffer is an expert in Geographic Information Science at the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in the generation of spatial knowledge using GIS and how that is used in urban governance and management. A recent interest concerns the use of new data sources for addressing urban inequalities.

Border Sessions 2014 - Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Integrating smart technology, smart citizens and a smart government.
Cities are considered the new engine for economic growth. Condition is not only that cities become smarter, living conditions in these cities must be good as well. The smart city concept can be achieved by integrating smart technology, smart citizens and a smart government. The question is whether or not investing in making a city smart can also contribute to improving it’s livability.

In this session three speakers will discuss that Smart Cities are based on a smart information infrastructure which will in turn contribute to cities to become more efficient, more sustainable, more comfortable and economically competitive.

Smart Emission
Is it possible, using a multitude of low-cost sensors, to measure nitrogen, particulate matter and sound just as well as with some expensive technology from the 80s? How do we use this data in the process of planning, environmental impact and mobility? How do you visualise this data and come to a cyclical process of measuring, interpreting, visualising and adjusting? These are the questions about ‘Smart Emissions’ to be answered within a partnership between government, university and industry, which Paul Geurts will talk about.

Participatory Geo-Information
Due to the increasing use of location-enabled mobile devices and new spatial media, citizens are not only data subjects, but active data producers in direct and indirect ways. Direct, because of online activities to inform organisations about the mal-functioning of services, and indirect because of the digital traces left by mobile phones or online activities. As these -often personal- data are increasingly used for other purposes, the privacy of citizens is a major concern. This project aims to develop a social contract to balance the interest of data users as well as data producers.Karin Pfeffer discusses Participatory Geo-Information

Maps4Society is an initiative in which the Maps4Society partners, Rijkswaterstaat, Kadaster, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Netherlands Geodetic Commission (NCG) outline the research themes. Universities are invited to submit dedicated research proposals in a tender. The goal of the programme is to improve the existing national geo-information infrastructure (PDOK, NMDC and the national Satellite Data portal) via various innovations and align this with international developments, such as the EU FP7 project European Location Framework (ELF, started in March 2013).