Territorial indicators based on big data from private digital platforms

The ESPON seminar aims at discussing “Quality of Life for territorial and citizen-centric policies” bringing together the latest research on the topic and policy challenges. Improving the Quality of Life is a key objective for policymakers at different scales, and it has become more relevant in the policy agenda along with increasing demands for the participation of citizens in the political process. 

In March 2020 the European Commission reached a landmark agreement with Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor on sharing tourism data. As the first incoming data is being published by Eurostat as experimental statistics, the workshop deliberates on what kind of big data can be extracted from private digital platforms and where the challenge lies. In particular, the recent ESPON BIG data and territorial indicators project are presented along with experiences from big data enthusiasts. The session concludes with a reflection on how the ESPON programme could build lasting cooperation with private digital platforms, allowing for big data sharing and extraction on a regular basis for the purpose of developing territorial indicators which would be useful also for measuring the quality of life.

Panellists of this session were:

Jan-Philipp Kramer and Georg Klose, Prognos AG (DE)

Juergen Wastl, Digital Science (UK)

Luigi La Riccia, Politecnico di Torino (IT)

Moderator: Zintis Hermansons, ESPON EGTC

Find links to all the sessions of the seminar and the presentations available to download here

You can read an article by Massimiliano Mascherini on the same topic in our TerritoriALL magazine


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