Big data can help us prevent a fire or reduce criminality!

Interesting read (Dutch only) on using big data to help cities overcome some of there challenges or be more efficient.
This is one of the topics of the new established Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. This programme equips mayors and their senior leaders with cutting-edge tools and techniques to more effectively tackle pressing management challenges faced in their cities. Through a $32 million initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are collaborating to provide hundreds of city leaders customized executive education focused on leadership and innovation in governance.