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TU Delft’s Social Distancing Dashboard

The Dutch TU Delft uses open data to create a social distancing dashboard. It offers city maps that show whether it is possible to keep 1.5-meter distance in the streets of Dutch cities.

In the Netherlands, an initiative was set up to identify the walking possibilities in Amsterdam where social distancing can be secured. Scientists from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), have created a Social Distancing Dashboard. The dashboard offers city maps that show if the 1.5-meter social distance rule can be respected when walking in public space.

This dashboard aims to raise awareness among people about the constraints in maintaining a social distance in public spaces and to contribute to the decision-making process for COVID-19 related interventions in urban planning.

The dashboard is openly available for everyone. It is created using data from the Basisregistratie Grootschalige Topografie (BGT), the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) and OpenStreetMap. This initiative is currently only available for the Netherlands. However, this dashboard could serve as an example of how open data can be used by other countries and cities to provide insights into the likelihood of achieving social distancing in public spaces.

The Social Distancing Dashboard is one of the over 650 use cases published on the European Data Portal. If you are aware of another inspiring use case, share your experience and knowledge on different applications and websites using open data with the EDP via mail, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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