Tuesday 29 November 2016

WCCD signs partnership with Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics and welcomes Eindhoven and Heerlen as WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certified Cities

November 28, 2016
Heerlen, The Netherlands

World Council on City Data (WCCD) President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney is in the Netherlands this week, and has announced a new partnership between the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the WCCD. According to Dr. McCarney: “As the world's cities are increasingly at the forefront of addressing major societal challenges like climate change, smart infrastructure, public safety and inclusive economic development, it becomes particularly important to have reliable and consistent data available to cities and their citizens at the local level. Both the WCCD and CBS believe in the fundamental societal importance of reliable and consistent data. That is why we are working together to build city level data across the Netherlands.”

CBS Director General Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi and WCCD President & CEO Patricia McCarney sign new
 partnership agreement in Heerlen, The Netherlands
The new partnership was announced at the launch of the new CBS Urban Data Centre and Dr. McCarney signed the partnership on stage with CBS Director General Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi. According to the CBS, the CBS Urban Data Center/Heerlen will map out the regional impact of national developments.

The new partnership is underpinned by three, general collaborative opportunities:

  • WCCD ISO 37120 Certification for Dutch Cities. The WCCD and CBS will work together to jointly support ISO Certification for Dutch Cities – building on the foundation of the four cities already certified. In addition to Heerlen and Eindhoven, both Amsterdam and Rotterdam are already WCCD ISO 37120 certified cities  this high calibre city data is important for both city leaders and their citizens as well as national leaders committed to building smart and globally integrated cities that will drive the economy of the Netherlands.
  • Facilitation of CBS data to support city-level WCCD Certification. In the Netherlands, 60 percent of the indicators in the ISO 37120 standard is data already collected and reported by CBS. This will rapidly facilitate Dutch cities achieving WCCD ISO 37120 certification.
  • Integration of WCCD Certification into the CBS Urban Data Centre model. Inclusion of WCCD ISO 37120 certification as a core component of the ‘CBS Urban Data Centre’ model for existing, planned, and future CBS Urban Data Centres.
In addition to the partnership announcement, Dr. McCarney also presented the cities of Eindhoven and Heerlen with WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification.

WCCD President and CEO with city leaders from Heerlen and Eindohven

“It is a great pleasure to be here today with the city leaders of Eindhoven and Heerlen," stated Dr. McCarney. ”Both cities have shown tremendous dedication to creating a more sustainable, inclusive, resilient, smart and prosperous future. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Mayor Rob van Gijzel of Eindhoven and Mayor Ralf Krewinkel of Heerlen – as well as to their staff – for this profound commitment to the power of standardised urban data.”

Both certified as WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Cities, Eindhoven and Heerlen each reported more than 90 of the 100 indicators within ISO 37120. Four Dutch cities are now WCCD ISO 37120 certified at either the Gold or Platinum level.

For more information, please contact:
James Patava (WCCD) - james.patava@globalcities.ca


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