Digital Connectivity

By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most important place in Europe for data-driven innovation, is the ambition in the field of Digital Connectivity.

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Digital infrastructure: creating (green) growth

One of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges AMS-IX is based in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, an important part of our digital infrastructure. We work on green data centers with stakeholders in the region,  from using the residue heath in heath networks to recycling data servers, a cross-over with the Circular Economy challenge.

Stakeholders in the Amsterdam region are cooperating to create an open cloud environment. This movement is not restricted to the scientific communities and their data but also includes other public and private sectors. The data sharing initiatives in the Amsterdam region are mostly bottom-up and community driven. Drivers for these initiatives are the emerging new business models in the open cloud, and the need to agree on organising the related trust in the concerned communities. All initiatives are cooperating with similar developments in the Netherlands and abroad, which positions the Amsterdam region as an area of expertise and as model region for other regions and countries.

We fully support and compliment the data related efforts in Europe. The European Digital Single market, the European Cloud Initiative, EOSC and FAIR data initiatives are all part of a roadmap to innovation.

Digital Trust: creating trust among users by acting responsibly

Within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the Amsterdam Economic Board, is analysing the values needed for a connected and smart metropolitan region. The Amsterdam Economic Board is a public-private partnership consisting of the region’s key stakeholders from business, knowledge institutes and government, and founder of the Amsterdam Smart City Programme.

Meaningful data: (open) data innovation for transport and mobility, health and the circular economy

The digital trust principles will also connect with the Amsterdam Economic Board’s other Metropolitan Challenges:  mobility, health circular economy. Themes are (open) data innovation for societal applications and citizen empowerment. The Amsterdam Economic Board is also founder of the Amsterdam Smart City Programme.

Digital skills and talent

As international hub for digital connectivity with one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges AMS-IX, the need for tech and digital talent is obvious. In 2013 we were the first Dutch region to hand over a Pledge for Digital Jobs to Neelie Kroes, then European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. In 2017, we renewed our Pledge and updated our plans for jobs and talent. This pledge also has a link with our Digital Connectivity Challenge.

In 2025 the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will have the most adaptive and appealing labourmarket of Europe. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most successful region in training, retaining and attracting technology talent.

  • There is a balanced match in technology talent demand and supply
  • Employees will have a high level of digital skills and have access to 21st century education systems to keep their knowledge up to date.
  • The metropolitan area is an attractive area for international tech talent to work and live
  • Amsterdam has chosen a consortium to form the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). AMS will attract international talent with a MSc programme (waiting for accreditation at the moment) and is already offering MOOCs and organizing PhD research. Amsterdam will invest €20-50 million in AMS in 10 years, the partners will contribute €200 million in the same period.

 

Amsterdam Economic Board & Europe

We are open for cooperation in EU-projects in the field of digital connectivity, within the subjects mentioned above, for example in Horizon 2020 or Interreg. Our main goal is to connect you to the right stakeholder in our region, from business, science or one of the 33 cities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. On amsterdamsmartcity.com you can get an idea of the projects we are working on in the field of data.

Concerning digital trust, the City of Amsterdam and other local stakeholders are participating in the DECODE EU-project.

 

Interact with our stakeholders

Visit our Smart City Community Platform for examples of projects in our region, our stakeholders and to exchange ideas on smart city solutions, including smart mobility. You could also share your own ideas, ask questions and look for project partners.

For questions on European cooperation, contact Willem Koeman or Audrie van Veen.

Ambition

By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most important place in Europe for data-driven innovation, is the ambition in the field of Digital Connectivity.

To fulfil this ambition, we focus on 4 action lines:

  • Digital infrastructure: creating (green) growth
  • Digital Trust: creating trust among users by acting responsibly
  • Meaningful data: (open) data innovation for transport and mobility, health and the circular economy

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