big data

Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing application software is inadequate to deal with them.


Elodie Mugrefya, intern at Waag, visited the Beyond Data event in Eindhoven and was surprised in many ways.


Tada! Data. They are a promise for life in the city. With data we can tackle major problems.


Stories about personal data - many of which may feature your own personal data - are hitting the headlines daily, from the Equifax data breach and hacking of T-Mobile, to the hundreds of pages of data stored by Tinder about each of its users.


The Amsterdam Economic Board, the City of Amsterdam and Waag are calling all partners that contribute to the digital city to sign the manifesto ‘Tada - Duidelijk over data’ ('Clear about data') and to take steps to implement the measures proposed.


This interview with Marleen Stikker was written together with Erica Meijers. It was published in the Dutch magazine de Helling, year 29/4. This issue was about big data.


A guest blog by Cira Pérez Barés about the 'We are data' event at Pakhuis de Zwijger. About the powerful force of data and sensory substitution.


There is a saying that all roads lead to Rome. The people at Moovel lab set out on 3.375.746 journeys to check if that was really true.


It’s the 28th of May. The so-called Big Open and Beautiful meeting is taking place in Pakhuis de Zwijger. On the screen reads “Data for a Better Life”. During this meeting, we explore what (big) data could mean for your health and mine. The event begins. “Who among you owns a wearable device or an app that measures something related to lifestyle or health?”, the moderator asks.


Will more data allow us to improve policy responses to humanitarian crises and violent conflicts?


There are many kinds of real-time transit maps, but Travic shows this information on a worldwide scale, with of over 70 transit systems.


Thanks to the challenge Open Data FWD, a lot of new mobility data became available for Amsterdam. Within this challenge, Waag and the DIVV Amsterdam are looking for open data applications that address urban mobility issues. Time for an update.


The Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam has created a number of interesting Google Maps, all of which can be found at They have now also created the Amsterdam 'Map of Maps', a mega-map of Amsterdam, which allows you to view all the mapped city data on one Google Map.


Bert Spaan's map of all buildings in the Netherlands according to their year of construction shows the country from a whole new perspective.


Digital Delta is a 12-month research program investigating how to integrate and analyze water data in order to reduce these costs by 20-30%. The project involves amongst others Rijkswaterstaat, IBM, the Delfland Water Board, TU Delft and Deltares.


Suzanne Heerschop about the third edition of Big, Open & Beautiful at Pakhuis de Zwijger, where three speaker answered to the statement “I share, therefore I am”.