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7692 - Providing transparency for members, auditors and citizens through benchmarks and an open (and big) data structure

Main sector: 
Energy, Transport & Mobility, ICT, Other: social innovation
Action clusters: 
Sustainable Districts and Built Environment, Sustainable Urban Mobility, Citizen Focus
Priority area: 
Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
Basic description: 

Through our benchmarks and a open (and big) data structure we provide full transparancy for members, auditors and citizens. 

Focus area: 


Sustainable Districts and Built Environment


Sustainable Urban Mobility, Integrated Infrastructures and Processess across Energy, ICT, and Transport, Citizen Focus, Integrated Planning, Policy, Regulation and Management, Knowledge Sharing, Standards, Baselines and Performance Indicators and Metrics, Business Models, Procurement and Funding

Expected contribution: 

Noord-Brabant is known as an innovative trendsetter. Not only in technology but also in the area of ​​sustainability and social innovation.
Various sustainability initiatives have been launched by groups, by governments, multinationals, large cities and small towns.
That sounds great, but there is also a downside. It is already virtually impossible to have and keep a clear view on what is happening, what is really feasible, viable and actually is successful. The wheel is repeatedly reinvented. This means that there is a less them optimal use of human resourcesand knowledge.
Pilots are piling up and unfortunately follow-up strategies or even roll-outs are far to be found. What we can achieve as a region if we could multiply all the wonderful initiatives rather than add them up?

Because of the retreating government, regional cohesion is threatened. As a result, people and organisations in the transition from a care-based society to a one based on participation are in danger of falling behind and losing momentum. We believe that adding another administrative layer is not the solution. We believe in a cooperative approach within the quadruple helix (citizens, business, government and education) There is a need for a platform where everything comes together. Where we learn best practices from each other. The dot on the horizon is a platform where the initiatives are widely shared and most interesting ones are transformed into a viable business cases. And very important: where projects can be weighed and measured and are made transparent. Because of the enormous diversity in sustainable initiatives, the impact and quality of them is often unclear. The platform of Sustainable Brabant provides for a podium, for interpretation and benchmarking, and for connecting en implementing viable and succesful initiatives. So that we can actually multiply.
If we were able to look beyond the near future we see a professional organization that apart from the targets described here also supports initiatives for example, with a revolving fund and a firm guidance in the field of sustainable business models.

How do we achieve our goals?
1. By being and staying touch with all our network partners in the playing field, and making good use of the local knowledge, contacts and expertise.
2. Actively expanding this network with relevant new partners
3. Collecting and mapping sustainable initiatives (including best practices) in Europe.
4. Offering a podium, online and offline, to enhance these initiatives,
5. Making it possible to compare and quantify initiatives into measurable success factors through a proper benchmark
6. Develop business cases based on successful initiatives and adapt them to other cities / small towns / regions
7. Creating a revolving fund where potentially successful sustainable initiatives and projects can get that boost needed to soar.

Contribution to the EIP: 


Through our benchmarks and a open (and big) data structure we provide full transparancy for members, auditors and citizens. Progress can be monitored by the minute through an infrastructure that allows all partners to provide the required data on the fly. This infrastructure is currently under construction and based upon the Open Data structure of the City of Eindhoven (and and several business partners. As we do not plan to reinvent the wheel on infrastructure and data formats proper API's and XML based forms are constructed to allow easy import and translations.
We still need to map the current used infrastructure within the EIP, but have no concerns that re-use is impossible.

Inclusiveness and Partnership

This is a continous proces. Our current network is so large and involved that mapping initiatives is not hard. Through co-creation and by offering online and offline platforms we are able to unite our current and future consortium partners. Through proper scientific research we are able to host co-creation sessions where a clear convergence of ideas is visible. Several of our partners and cooperation members have a decent background and education within the ICT-business. By acitivating the entire quadruple helix, and we already have done that within our current network, we have secured involvement of the entire value-chain. By continuously asking ourselves and our partners 'who should also be here, who is missing' we ensure that we identify potential new partners

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Citizen Focus
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Planning and Management
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open Data Governance
  • Standards
  • Business Models, Procurement and Funding



We are still building up momentum and for us this is our first step into the bigger picture, European collaboration. This, as a first step, is expressing our commitment and not a set in stone process with properly defined milestones...yet. Our aim is, as said earlier, to multiply in stead of adding up. We feel this will get us very far along with the goals of Smart City initiatives.

Results expected in

  • 2014 The first 4 projects completed within our current region and network
  • 2015 We are still in the process of defining long term goals as our network is sill growing
  • 2016 and beyond We are still in the process of defining long term goals as our network is sill growing


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cooperatie duurzaam brabant

Members of the commitment