With the digitization of urban environments, the amount of data produced and used is increasing rapidly. Data in the context of a city can be seen as a shared resource: a commons managed by communities with the aim of ensuring their sustainability and inclusiveness. These are an alternative to state or market dominated forms of Smart City Governance.

This project examines the conditions for building a future smart city. It focuses on what data is collected and how it is used to address urban challenges. Public values ​​and the rights and needs of citizens play a central role in addressing them.
In this NWA call small projects, LIFE's Smart Citizens Lab is researching and developing a concept of data commons and exploring the value for urban dynamics. The community involved in governance is made up of stakeholders, including citizens. They produce and manage data and jointly create social value. We examine the roles of the stakeholders, the way in which data is handled and how the concept of a data commons makes it possible to tackle urban challenges.

Project duration

31 Jan 2021 - 30 Jun 2021




  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • TU Delft


  • NWO - Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek