Data commons in smart mobility

The road ahead?

Mobility data collection and governance are mainly dominated by larger technology companies that gather all the data. Therefore, they also have exclusive control over what happens with the data. This calls for alternative data governance models. A viable alternative, introduced in recent years, is the data commons model. With this model, people can share their data on their own terms, while maintaining a certain amount of privacy. This model has been used with health data and scientific data, however, no viable example of a mobility data commons has thus far been found. This paper explores how local governments can facilitate a mobility data commons. And: is the commons a beckoning road for all of us?

This paper is partly based on interviews with public servants and experts at the city of Amsterdam, a  research done by Rosalie Snijders in Q2 of 2020. During this period Rosalie was an intern at the city of Amsterdam, writing her master thesis, supervised by Nathalie van Loon, working at the city of Amsterdam and Leon Gommans and Frank Nack, both working at the University of Amsterdam. This  paper is an adaptation by Nathalie van Loon, written in the context of the Urbanite project

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