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Promoting Collaborative Policy Experimentation Using Advanced Geospatial Data Analytics and Visualisation: The Case of PoliVisu

Pavel Kogut, Susie McAleer, Lieven Raes and Tomas Reznik

(Submission #64)


Cities are under pressure and transport systems are particularly affected because they must meet the evolving social demand for high environmental standards; affordability and quality; disabled access, uninterrupted access to infrastructure and a 24-hour access to public services; as well as many of the services associated with the gig economy like car-sharing and car-pooling.

Meeting these demands requires effective strategies at different levels of government, especially local. However, policymaking can be a long and laborious process, one that struggles to keep up with the realities of everyday life. Decision-makers are still rooted in traditional ways of doing things, making policy decisions based upon static models of consultation and closed planning meetings over a timeframe of a year or more. As a result, the process is often siloed and slow, with thinking and solutions out-of-date by the time policy is ready to be implemented.

PoliVisu, a new Horizon 2020 initiative, will change that by offering new methods and tools to public administrations, enabling them to easily explore, experiment and test innovative approaches in response to local problems. The PoliVisu framework envisages agile policymaking as a continuous process consisting of three cycles: design, implementation, evaluation. The framework will be tested in three cities (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Pilsen, Ghent) and the Flanders region.

Issy-les-Moulineaux will be affected by the construction of Grand Paris Express, an automated metro line. The aim of Issy-les-Moulineaux is to better manage road works' impact on traffic while improving individual mobility and modal shift through information communication tools.

Pilsen is also planning essential roadworks during the coming years. To minimise any disruption, the city will build a prediction model to effectively manage the traffic flows and create a real-time map for displaying the current state of city traffic to the public.

Ghent has a large student population. The pilot will explore different policy themes associated with this social group, focusing on their housing and living conditions, mobility patterns and impact on local economy e.g. rental market.

Flanders, for its part, will create an integrated map in which traffic flows, public road works, events, traffic safety and air quality data will be combined using the INSPIRE based road network.

To enhance their interoperability, new sets of data provided by PoliVisu will conform to ISA standards and those of JRC initiatives on metadata e.g. Geo/DCAT-AP. PoliVisu’s active participation in the OGC and W3C working groups will help promote these European standards internationally.


Topic Area:  [1.10] Transport - Mobility
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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