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Open data, but greatly improved

Why did Waag Society develop the CitySDK? Governments are producing lots of information and this data is no mostly open for wider application. From city councils to national governments and the European Union: they all produce an enormous diversity of data. All of them with their own targets and means, from every specific part of the society.

The result? Thousands of websites with long lists of available datasets. A big step for mankind, especially from a democratic and civil service point of view. But whoever wants to use this data faces many problems: different data formats and refresh terms (once a week or once every three years?), data that suddenly is being transferred to another location (for a 'better' experience) and everyone is measuring and registering in their own way.

We tried to solve this in CitySDK. This API helps to open up data, provides essential tools for developing digital services in the city, and ensures that you can quickly make the most of the ever-growing technical possibilities. And because the platform allows for crowd-sourced data, it also facilites digital interaction amongst citizens themselves and between citizens and government.

Recent blog posts

- Friday 12 May 2017

This opinion article witten by Marleen Stikker has not yet been translated. For the moment, please turn to the Dutch version. We may provide a full translation later.

- Thursday 11 May 2017

In the current series of FabSchool (on Wednesday afternoon at the Waag) we are exploring the world of biotechnology. We went hunting for microbes with the kids!

- Tuesday 09 May 2017

Whereas the DSI (digital social innovation) policy agenda was mainly focused on the level of the European Union, we see that cities are strongest in materializing the DSI idea.

- Monday 08 May 2017

It proved more difficult to revive the first social network in The Netherlands than expected, for which are good reasons. Nevertheless, some crucial steps were taken.

- Tuesday 25 April 2017

At the Fablearn conference in Denmark we hosted a workshop on our educational programme ‘Who is the boss of the Internet?’ and presented our collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library to develop 10 maker spaces.

- Monday 24 April 2017

Xiamyra went to Chile to visit the 'Gathering of Open Science Hardware'. She met many interesting people but actually did not see that much hardware!