data

Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables. An example of qualitative data would be an anthropologist's handwritten notes about his or her interviews with indigenous people. Pieces of data are individual pieces of information. While the concept of data is commonly associated with scientific research, data is collected by a huge range of organizations and institutions, including businesses (e.g., sales data, revenue, profits, stock price), governments (e.g., crime rates, unemployment rates, literacy rates) and non-governmental organisations (e.g., censuses of the number of homeless people by non-profit organizations).

 

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There are browsers that handle your privacy better than regular browsers such as those from Google or Microsoft. We mention five.

 

Event

2-08-2019

My Data 2019

Sander van der Waal of Waag's Future Internet Lab will host a session at My Data 2019 in Helsinki, Finland on 26 September.

 

Project
The Mobility Lab Bicycledatacommons explores the role of data commons in the usage of bicycle data.

 

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Shue Lea Cheang made the installation 3x3x6 at the Venice Biennale 2019: "data is our biggest prison."

 

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In collaboration with AMS Institute, Waag has made a publication on urban data.

 

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Larisa Blazic is a London-based artist, feminist hacker and educator. She is currently artist in residence at the DECODE project.

 

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We spoke to Alain about his role in helping to construct the SySTEM 2020 map, that uses the data gathered in the project.

 

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Two pilots are being developed and tested in the Netherlands that make use of 'attribute-based credentials'. What are these?

 

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In recent months, the municipality of Amsterdam has experimented with new forms of digital identity and the sharing of personal data.

 

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This workshop by artist Larisa Blazic explores the concepts of unions and strikes in relation to the data use and abuse of users online.

 

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Principles and values in technology are important. But how do you concretise these into the technology your developing. This is the question of this MeetUp.

 

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What is the effect of algorithms on our society? Intern Mark van Koningsveld did research with Tinder chatbots that put users in a box.

 

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Max Kortlander is one of the speakers at 'Multidimensional Data and Co-Creation: Benefits for government and industry'.

 

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What is the effect of algorithms on our society? Six Tinder chatbots have been active in Amsterdam to place users in a 'box'.

 

Project

29-10-2018

Visibly smarter

Can you touch data? Together with primary school students HvA and Waag are looking for a tangible representation of big data.

 

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The privacy policies of none of 14 large tech companies, such as Facebook, Google or Amazon, meet the new European privacy law yet.

 

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How do you design trust in a digital identity? How can you perfectly combine user friendliness, privacy, security and control on your own data?

 

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Building a 'Commons for Data' Lab is one of the special events at Border Sessions in The Hague on June 16th, hosted by DataCommons and Waag.

 

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The Tada manifest forms the foundation of the new digital policy of the City of Amsterdam. Waag was one of the initiators and contributors.

 

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What going on with 'deepfakes'? We're speaking with Jeanine Reutemann to see if there is a reason to worry here.

 

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For one night Waag was turned into a privacy casino. Hannah reports on the Black Box Bellagio.

 

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During this evening, you will learn how to deal with the phenomenon of fake news.

 

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The Black Box Bellagio - an unusual casino that won't take your money, but is after your freedom, integrity and private data instead.

 

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The Black Box Bellagio, an unusual casino that won't take your money, but is after your freedom, integrity and private data instead.

 

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

 

Project

21-02-2018

Waag is open

On Thursday, everyone is welcome to come and unravel technology with us

 

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Following last year’s successful Data4Food hackathon with UN World Food Programme, DataMission invites you to their next hackathon with Red Cross Netherlands. The hackathon will take place on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Waag in Amsterdam.

 

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'Big, Open & Beautiful' is a series of Waag and Pakhuis de Zwijger full of inspiring speakers. Each session we will discuss another aspect of open data, big data and data visualization. On January 20th, 2016 the eight meeting in the series will be held about our personal data.

 

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On May 26th, the tenth evening of Big, Open and Beautiful will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger, moderated by our research director Frank Kresin.

 

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A four-day festival about urban journalism, storytelling, future cities and technology at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

 

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The 6th edition of our series "Big, Open & Beautiful" will be about "Data for a better life". This edition will be English spoken.

 

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Both Frank Kresin (research director) and Marleen Stikker (founder) of Waag will attend the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, an international event on the smart cities' calendar bringing together over 400 cities around the world, more than 200 companies, 400 speakers and the leading institutions and experts in urban transformation.

 

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At the national event 'The Big Future of Data' COMMIT/ presents fifty demos with groundbreaking research with the latest in big data science at the visual demo market. How are these scientific results applicable in today’s society? And what will be the economic impact?

 

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Frank Kresin, Research Director at Waag, will give a keynote on Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Information Access in Smart Cities (i-ASC 2014) workshop in Amsterdam. His presentation will be on the topic 'Smart Cities, Smart Citizens and the case for the CitySDK'.

 

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Frank Kresin (Research Director, Waag) will speak at the annual European Data Forum (EDF) that will be held 19 – 20 March 2014, Athens, Greece. The subject of his speech will be CitySDK: Smart City Services bases on Open Source Linked Open Data API’s.

 

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Frank Kresin wil be one of the speakers at the CyberSalon event in London called 'Will We Be As Smart As Our Cities? Empowering the citizen in connected city environments'.

 

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Waag developer Bert Spaan will give a 'Lightning Talk' at the W3D conference on 'Linking Geospatial Data' in London on 6 March 2014.

 

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Job Spierings will present the CitySDK project at the design & technology meetup #25 in The Hague on 29 November 2013, 17 hrs.

 

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

 

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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.

 

Project

13-02-2017

DECODE

DECODE develops practical alternatives through the creation, evaluation and demonstration of a distributed and open architecture for managing online identity, personal and other data, and collective governance in a citizen-friendly and privacy-aware fashion.

 

Event
Big data are hot, but what can we do with it en what does it say about us? How are those vast amounts of data organised and communicated? How can we visualise big data and make large complex processes more tangible? In the exhibition Data Aesthetics – The Interactive Art artists, designers and activists question, research and visualise the potential of big data.

 

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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.

 

Event
More and more people are migrating to the city, and their health depends on the quality of the environment: the quality of the air, the soil, and the water. Tonight, we're putting these “participatory measurements” under the microscope. We'll listen to enthusiastic speakers, Mara Balestrini (IAAC, Barcelona) and Cindy Regalado (Public Lab), and find out the results from the Smart Citizen Lab. We'll then round off the evening with a panel discussion. As always, Big, Open & Beautiful will give its audience a chance to speak.

 

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On Tuesday 1 September 2015 the Amsterdam Economic Board organizes a meeting at the Waag about Open and Big data. This meeting is part of the 'MRA (Metropoolregio Amsterdam) on tour' program.

 

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At the end of May 2015, Laura Poitras’ film CitizenFour will be shown in the Dutch cinemas. This absorbing documentary follows film-maker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald as they make contact with the whistleblower and unleash a media storm.

 

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Our health data might be the most valuable data ever; therefore creating trustworthy eHealth services is crucial.

 

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Marleen Stikker of Waag will give a lecture called 'Technologies for the People? A bottom-up approach to urban informatisation' at Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces. Cities as Information Systems in Vienna (Austria) on 11 June 2014.

 

Project

14-10-2014

Maptime AMS

Maptime was, rather literally, time for mapmaking.

 

Event
The eID Scheme wants to make life easier for public organisations in terms of safe and user-friendly access to digital services. During this event we will discuss and explore the pros and contras of this digital system.

 

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

 

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Een nieuwe interactieve censuurkaart van IVPN geeft een overzicht van de wereldwijde situatie. Door op een land te klikken krijg je snel inzicht waar de vrije meningsuiting online in het geding is en waar critici de mond wordt gesnoerd.

 

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At the hackers conference eth0 in Leeuwarden was announced that the Dutch government is developing its own open source alternative for Dropbox under the name LocalBox.. The most important difference will be that all documents are stored at loval servers and not in the United States.

 

Project

12-08-2014

Whiskers

Waag developed 'Whiskers': objects that remotely connect people in a playful way.

 

Project
In 2014, Waag made the data in the CitySDK Linked Data API available through the NGSI/Fiware protocols and vice versa.

 

Article
What is the noise intensity level in Amsterdam? In the past months, citizens in Amsterdam have measured their environment.

 

Event
Tom Demeyer (CTO and Head of Future Internet Lab of Waag) will participate on 14 May 2014 in a panel during the Future Mobility Event in Rotterdam.

 

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The atlas of energy labels puts all buildings in The Netherlands and their respective energy labels on the map. Developers Bert Spaan and Taco van Dijk and project manager Job Spierings of Waag have developed the online interactive version.

 

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On February 13th, the kick-off of the public transport open data challenge took place. An interview withJoost van Os.

 

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In my quest to find out what the government knows about its citizens, I found a large number of organisations and databases that I did not know that they existed. Mapping those databases is a time consuming task, that will keep me busy for some time. But certainly the government does not host al data itself. Many of our personal data collected by companies and the digital trail that we leave on the Internet is also of interest.

 

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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.

 

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On Wednesday March 19th, twenty children between 8 and 12 years old participated in CryptoKids #2: a cryptoparty where we (Waag, Bits of Freedom and Network Democratie) try to explain the principles behind the Internet and of the importance of privacy to the children.

 

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On February 25, 2014 the first Smart Citizen Kit Install Party took place: a 'man only' event with tech-savvy people.

 

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Put the settings of Facebook and WhatsApp together and you can easily conclude that this leads to an even greater insight and use of your personal data.

 

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The project Open Data FWD is all about accessible cities through open data. The main results of the kick-off event can be found here.

 

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Crowded bike racks, dangerous intersections, driving around or ages looking for a parking space for your car or waiting for a bus only to find out that the schedule has changed... Recognizable and irritating situations for many, but also opportunities for improvement! Because new digital concepts or applications can help solve these urban problems. Enter the challenge Open Data FWD.

 

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Cameron Beccario, a software engineer, created an interactive map that shows near real-time currents of Earth’s wind using data from the U.S. National Weather Service, the 'Earth Wind Map'.

 

Event

26-11-2013

PiLOD Meeting

Meeting on 19 May 2014 of PiLOD (Platform implementation Linked Open Data) within the framework of the project CItySDK at the Waag in Amsterdam.

 

Article
With our computers and mobile devices we are generating a huge amount of data, even by just being connected to mobile networks and the internet. Governments and companies are very interested in our data and approriate our data without our explicit consent. One way to raise awareness of the possible technical solutions to protect yourself online is organizing a so-called CryptoParty.

 

Project
In het project CineGrid Medical draait alles om medische toepassingen van 4K: UltraHD kwaliteit beeld & geluid, vier keer zo scherp als gewoon HD materiaal.

 

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The Open Data NEXT congress in The Hague was 'sold out' within days after its announcement. The annual congress, organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs does give us a dood overview of the current position of Open data and the government.

 

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During Talking data @ Fablab Amsterdam on Saturday 21 September we worked on tangible data visualisations, made with software developed by Bert Spaan and Laurens Schuurkamp and the digital machines of the Fablab Amsterdam. It produces very personal objects of your story, wearables in the form of an earring, a hanger or printed on a t-shirt.

 

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The City of Istanbul has installed the CitySDK API and seized the moment to release new datasets.

 

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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.



 

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During the Hackathon on 29 June at the City of Amsterdam, the (prototype) app 'HuisMatch' (HouseMatch) was awarded as the best app developed on the CitySDK mobility-API. Time to find out what this app can do!

 

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Waag has developed the CitySDK open API, together with the City of Amsterdam. In the API, several data sets are linked (static and realtime), connected to the Open Street Map.

 

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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”.

 

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On 5 June 2013, the third edition in the series Big, Open & Beautiful will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This edition explores the boundaries between the private and the public domain in the virtual world.

 

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In 2012, the cultural organisations at the Leidseplein (Stadsschouwburg, Paradiso, De Melkweg, De Balie, Theater Bellevue and Amsterdams Uitburo) and the Concertgebouw switched to the optical fibre network of Culture Grid.

 

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How far do we want to go in sharing our personal data online? Or would you rather keep your data private so you can have more control? Do you still own your identity in a virtual environment? And do our privacy laws also function in the virtual world?

 

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The website annodrenthe.nu of the Drents Archive and 7scenes has been chosen by a professional jury to be the best history website of 2012! As such, AnnoDrenthe has received the prestigious History Online Award.

 

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A phonebook, brick, pudding mold, sieve and a silk scarf: that's what you need to get good data visualizations. At least, according to Liz Turner, one of the speakers at the first edition of ‘Big, Open & Beautiful: all about data.’



 

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This event is in Dutch. There is no translation available. Het Ministerie van Economische Zaken, de Digitale Steden Agenda, de G32, Stedenlink en de G4 organiseren gemeenschappelijk een bijeenkomst waarin de stand van zaken wordt doorgenomen rondom de Digitale Agenda op Europees, nationaal en lokaal niveau.

 

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The Wikimedia Foundation has launched its 12th official project: Wikivoyage (www.wikivoyage.org), a free, worldwide, online travel guide. Like Wikipedia and its sister projects, Wikivoyage is free to edit, free of ads, and built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe.

 

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Job Spiering visited the fourth meeting of the Smart City SDK project in Istanbul. In search of the needs, local customs and available data sets that are of importance for the development of a mobility app.

 

Project
The Shared Data Store is a (web) service for personal data storage which allows for making parts of the data public and keeping parts private.

 

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As part of the contest Apps for Amsterdam, we are organizing an 'Open Data Bootcamp' on 28 September the Waag (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam).

 

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On 22 August 2012, I gave a presentation about Open Cities (and Apps voor Amsterdam) at the Campus Party in Berlin. Campus Party exists since 1997 and has grown into a large festival where thousands of hackers, developers, startups and geeks. The travelling event this year took the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof as it's residence for the many tents of the Campuseros and ten stages. It offered keynotes by Paul Coello, Tim Berners-Lee, Don Tapscott en Yossi Vardi.

 

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On Monday 4 June 2012, within the framework of Apps for Amsterdam, an Waag Open Space was held at the Waag in Amsterdam. About 60 developers and entrepreneurs came together to discuss 'Apps and Business'.

 

Project

8-06-2012

Smart CitySDK

The project Smart CitySDK aimed to define services that can help open up data in the fields of Participation, Mobility and Tourism in various cities in Europe. Within this project, Waag was responsible for the domain Mobility.

 

Project

8-03-2012

Arts Holland

Arts Holland was a cooperation between The Netherlands Board of Tourism (NTBC), Nederlands Uitburo (NUB) and Waag in the field of culture and tourism.

 

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Apps voor Nederland (Apps for The Netherlands) was the first national contest that was aimed at creating new applications with open data of the Dutch government.

 

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A campaign for more bandwidth during Documenta X in 1997.

 

Project

8-03-2012

Medialounge

Medialounge.net (2001) was a database for European organisations, initiatives, activities and networks cross-linked to art, culture, media and politics.

 

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SURFnet and Waag have announced the five winners or the 4K-video contest for higher education and research in The Netherlands.