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Participatory Lab on 'How innovation in location services and data ecosystems can help transform your city and region'

Published on: 30/08/2021 Last update: 17/06/2022 Event Archived

  Materials from the event are available here.


On 13 October during the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities, JOIN our Participatory Lab on How innovation in location services and data ecosystems can help transform your city and region, in which we’ll showcase how location data and technologies can be used to improve public services and how sandboxing can stimulate local and regional data-driven innovation

Participatory Lab
What is it about?

This interactive workshop will provide you with practical insights throughout stimulating discussions.

It will build on the learnings drawn from two pan-European activities carried out under the ELISE Action of the  ISA2 European Interoperability Programme, involving more than 20 European cities.

Following a plenary introduction, you will be able to choose to participate in one of the two following journeys:

  • Journey 1: Innovative use of location data and technologies to improve public servicesThrough this journey, you will learn how European cities and regions successfully use location data and technologies to improve their public services.  You will get familiar with the results of a state-of-the-art study based on a large-scale survey of 150 local and regional authorities and 13 in-depth interviews.  During the second part of the session, you will have the chance to dive into the case studies demonstrating the innovative use of location data and technologies in generating public value and considering the transferability of these solutions to other local/regional environments.  The case studies are based on the experience of the cities of: Navarra (ES), Leuven (BE) and Cascais (PT).  You will be invited to share your experience and feedback and raise your awareness and understanding of the potential of using location technology and information at the local and regional level.
  • Journey 2: Regional and local data-driven innovation through collective intelligence and sandboxing – This journey is going to explore the main obstacles and the key enablers for the development of data ecosystems in different city contexts, and to discuss the potential of a “sandboxing” methodology to help local administrations test innovative data-driven solutions. Participants will be presented the results of an analysis of the data ecosystems of seven different European cities: Barcelona (ES), Bordeaux Metropole (FR), Helsinki (FI), Milan (IT), Santander (ES), Poznan (PL) and Rome (IT). Participants will have the opportunity to learn what obstacles these cities are facing, and what enablers they have set in place, also discussing how these findings could be applied in other local contexts. The journey is going to focus on how various cities taking part in the study have made use of a sandboxing methodology to strengthen their data ecosystems. Here participants will discuss the potential of applying such a methodology in their own local contexts to the purpose of experimenting with innovative data-driven tools, approaches and models.

The workshop is open to anyone working in or with the local and regional administration, including policymakers, civil servants, technology providers, representatives of research institutions and local organisations, and anyone interested in shaping data policies.

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  • Sven Schade, Team Leader, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy.
  • Alexander Kotsev, Team Leader, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy.


  • Marina Micheli, Project Oficer - Scientific, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy.
  • Giovanna Galasso, Director, Intellera Consulting , Italy.
  • Cornelia Dinca, Technical Programme Manager, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Belgium.
  • Danny Vandenbrouke, Research Manager, SADL/KU Leuven, Belgium.

Code: 13PL21683
Format: Participatory Lab - world café, ideas labs
Theme: Digital Transition
Partner: European Commission - JRC