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31 3 2020
Using design for data empowerment: BOLD Cities ‘studio’ wraps up pilot
How can we involve citizens in urban data issues? What problems and opportunities do residents see when it comes to societal challenges? And how does (the use of) data come into play when we address these issues? In the Data Empowerment Design Studio, BOLD Cities researchers teamed up with local residents, designers and neighbourhood initiatives in order to discuss these questions and develop new ideas.
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‘Digital literacy in the public library’ project granted in Team Science call
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and COMMIT/ have awarded 135.000 euros to three new Team Science projects in the Digital Society Research Agenda of the VSNU. Among the granted projects is ‘Digital literacy in the public library’, a digital inclusion programme that involves two BOLD Cities scholars, who will co-operate not only with other academics, but also with community members and other stakeholders.
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Reintegration project featured on Divosa website
Divosa, the Dutch association for municipal social domain management, published an article on our Re-integration in BOLD cities project on its website. Looking into the set-up, methodology and results of the project, Divosa concludes that "linking municipal data sources to national statistics can open up a vast amount of knowledge on properly leading the unemployed back to work. (...) There is one important condition: the process requires very careful preparation and coordination."
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Urban environments for vulnerable youth: is school a place where autism meets equal opportunity?

How are schools doing when it comes to welcoming children with autism into mainstream education? How successful is the 2014 Dutch Appropriate Education Act for pupils with autism? An estimated 16,000 school-age children do not attend school, with about 5,000 suspected of having autism. During the World Autism Awareness Week, our BOLD Cities research team on urban environments for vulnerable youth draws attention to this specific question.

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A new page on the BOLD Cities website: Working Papers 
On this page, you will find working papers by members of our academic community. Written for various purposes and in cooperation with multiple institutions, the Centre for BOLD Cities working papers provide insights into the different topics that our affiliated researchers in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities are working on.
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