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Amsterdam Science Park: see what the future holds

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You could say that digital connectivity was born at Amsterdam Science Park – it was the location of the first transatlantic internet connection, after all. And with connectivity continuing to surge to ever greater heights, the park has no intention of resting on its laurels.

You could say that digital connectivity was born at Amsterdam Science Park – it was the location of the first transatlantic internet connection, after all. And with connectivity continuing to surge to ever greater heights, the park has no intention of resting on its laurels.

At SURFsara, the institute that acts as a bridge between research and advanced ICT, Maurice Bouwhuis sees a promising future for Amsterdam Science Park in generating the future interactions necessary to further tomorrow’s levels of digital connectivity. “The park combines excellent knowledge institutes with a large and expanding capacity in data centres,” he explains. “We will see more and more collaborations between these institutes and the digital companies that can benefit from their research. This is exactly what we need to keep the Amsterdam area competitive as we move towards a global knowledge economy.”

He notes that the park has the experience of bringing together businesses, knowledge institutes and policy makers in order to collaborate on new solutions – a vital combination as society becomes increasingly technological. “Digital developments are extremely far-reaching,” he says. “That means we have to work together: scientists with companies and policy makers.” The Mayor of Almere, Franc Weerwind, is one of the latter group, whose members are increasingly looking to Amsterdam Science Park to see what opportunities the future holds for the whole Amsterdam region.
Digital Connectivity event
Mayor Weerwind and other policymakers attended the Digital Connectivity event which SURFsara hosted on Novemer 2nd. This initiative demonstrated the sort of interaction Maurice Bouwhuis is talking about in action, and the discussions did not stop there. “We are talking about setting up an expert centre for responsible data, new ways for data centres to be more energy-efficient, and Amsterdam’s possible role in a neutral, independent public cloud,” says Bouwhuis. He points out that the EU has just allocated 2 billion euros in funds for the European Open Science Cloud Initiative, which indicates the scale of the opportunities for research. “Amsterdam Science Park should certainly be able to take advantage of this,” he says.
The Amsterdam Economic Board
The Amsterdam Economic Board shares the park’s vision, says Willem Koeman, Business Connector Digital Connectivity. He points out that the Board sees the Amsterdam area as consolidating its position as one of Europe’s top digital centres in the future – with the help of Amsterdam Science Park. “Amsterdam is one of the world’s biggest internet hubs, and that has grown from Amsterdam Science Park,” he says. “The park has great research institutes that can give the whole Amsterdam region a leading edge when it comes to the digital future. There are lots of opportunities here.”

The park has a particular strength in its five advanced data centres, he adds. “With data centres, it’s all about expanding capacity – as is happening here at Amsterdam Science Park with Equinix and Digital Realty,” he says. “We increasingly need more space to store and transport data. Meanwhile, we also need to make our data centres as green as possible. That means finding ways for them to become more energy efficient.” The new SURFsara data centre, for example, which has the power of 10,000 modern PCs, stores the enormous heat produced by its servers and uses it for heating and cooling – so greatly reducing its environmental impact. Meanwhile Green IT, with a presence at Amsterdam Science Park, is playing a leading role in showcasing new, energy-saving solutions in IT, in line with the City of Amsterdam’s aim to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2025.

Also essential to maximize digital connectivity is another Amsterdam Science Park strength: data innovation. The park’s research institutes and data-driven start-ups are key in initiating potential new applications for the ever-expanding amount of available digital information, for example to support healthcare, sustainability and mobility. In the park’s new Startup Village, for example, Metrica Sports works on improving team performance through data and video analysis, while its neighbour Aiir Innovations uses artificial intelligence to create tailored solutions for a range of industrial and business problems – just two of Amsterdam Science Park’s blueprints for the digital future.

Source: Amsterdam Science Park

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Willem Koeman, Challenge lead at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Dutch digital infrastructure: engine of economic growth and prosperity

The dutch digital economy is growing fast and is - when seen as a separate sector – already larger than many of the traditional sectors in our economy. Recent research by the national statistics bureau (CBS) found that this digital economy provides 345.000 jobs with an estimated annual growth of 7-9%. The digital infrastructure is one of the key enablers of the digital economy and allows Dutch companies to grow both nationally and on an international scale. In addition, the digital infrastructure is one of the main reasons for international digital companies to locate in the Netherlands and these companies bring substantial activities and jobs to our country.

The Amsterdam Economic Board now proudly presents the third edition of the digital infrastructure research report together with 11 partners active in digital infrastructure.
It shows how the Dutch digital infrastructure and the digital ecosystem as a whole are rapidly evolving and expanding. With internet traffic growing 22% annually, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) still being one of the largest internet exchanges in the world, and a colocation market that grows almost 15% annually, the Dutch digital infrastructure is the foundation of a strong national and international internet economy. Of wich nearly 70% of the infrastructure is located in the Amsterdam area.

Although well positioned as a first mover and differentiator internationally, this does not mean the current growth and high desirability of the Dutch digital infrastructure sector will continue unabated. A combination of factors need to be aligned in order to sustain and expand our leading position. As the recommendations of this report show, there is still a lot that can and must be done to maintain and safeguard our position.

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Teun Wagenaar, business developer at Olisto, posted

Meet us on the first Triggi Discovery Day upcoming saterday

Connect your devices, apps and services to Triggi and make them all work together.

How? By creating your own rules. Build real time connections between multiple devices, apps and services. Triggi works with Philips Hue, Nest, Netatmo, Toon thermostat and many other services.

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Maaike Osieck, Founder Mighty4 & Amsterdam Smart City Ambassador , posted

Any plans for you Friday evening yet?

Interesting documentary @Pakhuis de Zwijger on the past and future of internet!

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Amsterdam Data Science and Elsevier Sign Long-Term Collaboration Agreement to Boost Local Data Science Scene

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Focus on applying latest technology to search, share and reuse data

Amsterdam, 1 November 2016 – Network organization Amsterdam Data Science (ADS) today signed an agreement with scientific information solutions provider Elsevier aimed at advancing data science research and education in Amsterdam. Both parties are embarking on a number of joint projects that will enable data scientists to access and share data and use the latest technology to collaborate and advance the field of data science together.

Kajsa Ollongren, Alderperson and deputy mayor of the City of Amsterdam, supports the initiative: “The partnership between Elsevier and Amsterdam Data Science is great news for Amsterdam as it helps us to further develop the city as a hub in data science and attracting international technology talent. Seeing our best educational and research institutes teaming up with Netherlands-based multinational science & health data company Elsevier will boost Amsterdam’s international competitive position and improve the overall data tech climate in the greater Amsterdam metro area.”

ADS and Elsevier will collaborate together on several fronts, including research and development, joint promotion of Amsterdam as a data science center, and data science talent development. This partnership marks the first long-term collaboration agreement signed by ADS, an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, VU University, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.

“Business and society are generating and storing more data than ever before”, said Prof. Marcel Worring, Director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. “The most-heard questions across sectors are how to find and use that data to gain new insights and make informed decisions, but also how to enable reproducibility of the data, deploy semantic technologies and create a safe data sharing environment. Answering these questions requires a multi-stakeholder approach involving partners from academics, business and society. ADS bundles these forces. In Elsevier we’ve found a partner that has a proven track record in deploying technology to analyze data, enable data sharing and reuse and facilitate collaboration among researchers.”

“As a global technology company, we’re engaging in data science and big data collaborations around the world”, said Michiel Kolman, Senior Vice President Global Academic Relations at Elsevier. “But our company has its roots and its head office in the Netherlands so it’s exciting to collaborate with ADS and local institutions to help develop our home city as a national and international data science hub, making it an even more attractive place for data science researchers. In addition to contributing to ADS’ goals ourselves, we’re looking forward to learn a lot from the companies and knowledge institutes that are part of the ADS network. Advancing data science is a multi-stakeholder endeavor.”

A number of projects have already started. These are focused on improving data search and reproducibility of research that will ultimately result in higher quality research outcomes. These projects entail:

* Developing better methods and infrastructure to share data for scientific experiments, ensuring better reuse of data in a safe and trusted manner.
* Developing new search and discovery technologies for searching data underlying scientific experiments.
* Applying knowledge graph technology to, for instance, help researchers find funding for their research or identify new relations that were previously not detectable.

Both parties have committed to developing new projects together in the years to come, among other things providing corporate work experience programs for grad students and post-docs at Elsevier, and specialized Elsevier staff engaging in teaching the next generation data scientists.

More information: http://amsterdamdatascience.nl/news/ads-elsevier-sign-long-term-collaboration-agreement/

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Anonymous posted

Testing apps on all devices

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These are all the different Android devices. Do you know if your app works on all these devices? We help you answer this question.

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Opening Data Tower 7.7 Megawatt

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This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.'

This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.

The high digital connectivity makes Amsterdam a very attractive location and a European data hotspot – from Amsterdam companies can reach 80% of Europe in just 50 miliseconds. The Amsterdam metropolitan area houses almost 70 datacenters, and this number is growing fast. With 13% increase in capacity in 2015 we’re outpacing our European competitors – Frankfurt and London. The Amsterdam Science Park is a jewel for the region. More than 90 companies are based here and the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange is an important factor in the decision of other companies to establish their business here. The combination of beta science knowledge institutes and initiatives such as SURFsara and the Netherlands science Center make this into a very vibrant and innovative area of which Amsterdam can be very proud.

More and more international companies discover the power of the Dutch digital infrastructure and enter the European market via Amsterdam. This data tower forms an important expansion and strengthens the eco-system. We need to cherish this eco-system as international competition is fierce. Herein lies a responsibility for companies and governments together, too long datacenters and related digital infrastructure has been seen as a business matter only. Recently the Dutch parliament appointed the digital infrastructure as our third national mainport – just like Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam. So we’re making good progress, now we need to join forces to really use this momentum to make it part of our national DNA.'

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Edwin Oppedijk, Communication Manager at City of Amsterdam, posted

Amsterdam is investing in innovation and entrepreneurship

Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes and the municipality of Amsterdam are investing heavily to make scientific knowledge and technology available for societal and economic applications

IXA valorisation centre (a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center (AMC), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and the research institutes AMOLF and Nikhef will be collaborating closely in the new programme ‘IXAnext, Talent for innovation’. This collaboration aims to make the knowledge institutes’ knowledge and expertise more readily available for societal and private parties. Together they dedicate themselves to increasing the use and dissemination of knowledge in the region. This will be accomplished among others in the form of Innovation Labs, which will intensify cooperation with the business community and increase the support given to start-ups and spin-offs. By developing this programme, IXA is taking the next step towards professionalising and improving services in the valorisation process.

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Anonymous posted

Michael Jackson's Smart City

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired.

Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired. Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

Did you know Michael Jackson was ahead of his time publishing his smart city video clip of Billie Jean in 1983? The clip shows the King of Pop moving around a city landscape in which squares light up whenever he passes by. The same goes for the smart lights of the street responding to his presence. Not only did this short film break down MTV's racial barrier as the first video by a black artist to be aired in heavy rotation, it also showed an future vision of a smart city which has become reality.

Check out the smart light project of the Hoekenrodeplein for example: <https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/smart-light>

I hope to inspire you in the future and light your way through our smart city. Does your smart city look like the one in Billie Jean?

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Normandy Madden, Director, Media & Innovation , posted

Using VR to Enhance Events & Performances

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Moderating a panel featuring Dillon Seo, Jenni Kääriäinen and Vlad Davydov this morning at Europe Asia Roundtable Series (EARS) in Helsinki. Our topic was using technologies like virtual reality to enhance live events and performances.

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