ICT

Telecoms

Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Health

Health

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Media

Media

Data

Data

Data

Digital platforms are constantly gaining importance in our society. Within different application domains, data is stored in cloud-based platform. Public as well as private actors can offer data-driven solutions that create an added value for citizens and stimulate the local economy. Thanks to the use of technological innovations that enable the implementation of a personal data vault for every citizen or entity (a so-called data pod), we can go one step further and allow for novel decentralized data ecosystems that have an important potential for innovation.

Some example projects:

  • SolidLab - Your data, your choice. Advancing Web standards to empower people (2022-2024)

Take back control of your personal data. That is the ultimate ambition of the new research project in which UGent, VUB, KU Leuven and imec are joining forces. In SOLIDLab Vlaanderen, supported and financed by the Flemish government, the consortium will investigate how the use of personal data pods can be facilitated. These personal data pods are grounded in the idea that with enough information presented in the right way, users can overcome barriers in managing their personal data that are structural and systemic in nature (the logic of ‘privacy self-management’). Personal data pods are also a key technical component in Solid; they allow an individual to control his or her own data in an individual ‘data safe’. Companies can then access a person’s data, with permission, through a secure link for a specific task. SolidLab Vlaanderen wants to make Flanders an international leading innovator in the domain of personal data pods and their societal and economic valorization.

CoGhent ensures we can make great strides in the short term regarding the digitization and opening-up of both museum collections and the city archive. The ambition is that this project lays the foundation for a participatory platform that can benefit all heritage organizations within the city.