To conclude the project 'Nederland Opent Data' (Netherlands Opens Data), a book was published at the beginning of 2013, written by Carlien Roodink. This illustrated publication in Dutch describes the background of the project and puts open data in a historical perspective. The main part of the book is reserved for fifty stories written by people who have worked with open data in practice.

Carlien Roodink:

"Open data is the resource to build upon. By opening up data for the use by third parties, an enormous potential of creativity can be made available."

The publication has been printed in a small number to provide participants and stakeholders with a copy. For the public, the publication has been made accessible in various ways: as an online publication and as a downloadable pdf that can be distributed under a Creative Commons license. A printed copy can be ordered through the printing on demand service. Waag made the book design, Media Republic the online publication.

This publication was made possible with support by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

What was our role in the Netherlands opens data project?
The main purpose of the project was 'to stimulate mid-sized and smaller companies to develop new services based on open data'. A project consortium of several parties has implemented this goal. Within the framework of the project, Waag organized the 'Apps for Amsterdam' contest, build the open data platform Arts Holland and developed the Shared Data Store: a (web) service for personal storage of data, that enables sharing of some parts and keeping other parts private.

Project duration

1 Oct 2012 - 6 Feb 2013



  • Ministerie van Economische Zaken


  • Nederland opent data (NOD)
  • Media Republic