open data

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.


It has been a while since we have put all buildings in the Netherlands in an interactive map. The maps can still be ordered in our webshop.


The last years have seen a growing number of DIY policing-apps assisting citizens in solving crimes themselves. Is this a good development?


DSI talks is a series of events that investigates technologies and their ability to solve sustainable challenges.


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


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.


Frank Kresin looks ahead to 2017, that brings new challenges and opportunities and a new job for him at the University of Twente, managing the newly founded DesignLab.


Waag developed a Dutch toolkit to organize an open data expedition with participants. The toolkit provides a three-step guide and all the downloadable files needed to organise a data expedition are included.


On Friday 11 November, parents, pupils, teachers, school leaders and data experts gathered in small groups to search for connections and stories in publicly available data for education in The Netherlands. The same night, developers started to work on the best idea to make a visualisation or a concept for an application.


User-friendly technology is helping drivers of electric cars to efficiently share charging points around the country. Social Charging is a free app, offering a new solution to the problem that there are not enough charging points available, while some may be unnecessarily kept occupied.


Everyone can participate in an online initiative to connect 5.000 old maps of Amsterdam to their geographical coordinates. This has partly emerged from the Heritage and Location project in which Waag participates.


Het project Transparant Nederland gaat de bestuurlijke macht in Nederland inzichtelijk maken op basis van (open) data.


The Open Data Institute will celebrate innovation and excellence for the ways in which open data are used and published during the Open Data Awards.


Waag has made a guide, that bundles all the lessons learned from the first edition op the European open data competition.


On behalf of Waag Ivonne Jansen-Dings and Frank Kresin traveled to Berlin for the Open Knowledge Festival 2014, where they organized two sessions and a fringe event. As a representative of several EU projects, but also to connect with other advocates of an open society. Below an impression by Ivonne. About applause for Neelie Kroes, Google hoaxes and the movement of technology towards the social domain.


After some successful open data contests, it was time to develop our own app with open data, following our own ‘users as designers’ methodology.


During the Open Data FWD Challenge, Department of Infrastructure, Traffic & Transportation (DIVV) and Waag searched for solutions to specific urban issues that use, improve or enrich open data. They will be supported with a money prize to realize their applications.


At the Smart City Conference in May 2014, a beta version of the City Dashboard was presented, that showed realtime data from the city.


Three different expert theme owners in the category Bike, Parking and Public Transport share their thoughts about which elements they wish to see during the pitches of the finalists.


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


Within the context of the Open Data FWD challenge, Waag had organized an event in collaboration with the City Utrecht and the Digital City Agenda, Green City.


How can you make traveling from A to B more easy and fun for all kind of travelers by bike, train or public transport? For lots of programmers this is a relevant question. Open data plays an important role in this challenge.


Following a successful event at FutureEverything, we can now announce the winners of the International Business Lounge 2014: BikeCityGuide and Nostalgeo.


Apps for Europe at FutureEverything in Manchester. As part of our aims, we have been on the lookout for the very best open data applications in Europe: apps, algorithms, platforms or services.


How can you make data understandable through visualization? Expert Elizabeth Turner shared her thoughts with us during the kick-off of Open Data FWD.


The man behind the open data consultancy agency Conveyal, Andrew Byrd, tells about his vision of mobility during the Open Data FWD kick-off event. Mobility issues are increasing more and more, especially in the downtown areas.


The ten finalists of the European app contest Apps for Europe have been announced. This selection of open data business cases will showcase at the International Business Lounge during FutureEverything in Manchester 31st March - 1st April 2014.


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.


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.


Online education has the future. But how to monitor students that are not physically present? During the fourth edition of Students in Motion the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences experimented with the largest virtual class in the world. Eighty coaches co-ordinated more than two thousand first year students with feedback and comments through an online connection.


Data models, ontologies, thesauri and vocabularies: all attemps to systematically arrange the knowledge of our world. The importance of these systems increases exponentially now that databases are opened, shared and linked.


Open data can lead to new products. Design boutique Slow Factory took advantage of NASA’s publicly-available satellite and telescopes data and created a collection of wearable fashion featuring prints of space explosions and satellite images.


Waag and Kennisland organized the seminar ‘The Future of Open’. At this seminar, experts from various backgrounds discussed the future of Creative Commons and ‘open’ in the Netherlands.


A new study shows that the app economy, including apps running on smartphones and tablets, has contributed nearly 800,000 jobs to the EU economy in just five years.


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.


Why did Waag 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.


Waag was present with the Smart CitySDK project at the OpenStreetMap conference 'State of the Map' this year. The event was held from 6-8 September 2013 in Birmingham, UK. Bert Spaan, known as the developer of the map of all buildings in the Netherlands, sproke at the conference.


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


The Dutch book 'De toekomst is open' (The future is open) is about the research and use of open data in Rotterdam, where the municipality has made available datasets (in the Rotterdam Open Data Store) to experiment with.


Amsterdam wants to present itself as a leader in the field of open data, but to use open data optimally they should really be open: searchable, real time and editable.


For our project Apps for Europe, Marleen Stikker spoke with Eurocommissionar Neelie Kroes about open data, the new European legislation regarding this topic and opportunities that releasing information creates.


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.


From the European Open Cities project a new challenge has started to build apps that help cities manage their challenges related to tourism, titled Open Data Tourism Hack at home. It brings together two important themes of the smart city - open data and sensor networks - and uses them to help European cities find new ways to manage the big challenges and benefits of tourism today.


ePSI Platform published a report called 'Innovation Contests for Open Data Re-use', written by Antti Poikala en Frank Kresin (Waag). It can be downloaded under a Creative Commons Attribute license.


Waag and OKFN Netherlands opened the Waag building on February 23rd for the International Open Data Day. With over a 100 cities participating, we decided to tackle the Open Data Census, Open Spending in the Netherlands and Datavisualisation within City SDK. We were happy to welcome a lot of participants, who talked about realtime data, linked data, data journalism, open NGO data and much more!



Open Data Day

Better tools. More data. Bigger Fun. The 2013 Open Data Day was held on February 23rd. The last year has seen open data continue to gain traction around the world with new open data catalogs launched in Europe, North America and Africa and more data than ever available from organizations like the World Bank. What interesting things we can do with it?


On February 6th, 2013 the first copy of the book 'Nederland Opent' was handed out to His Royal Highness prince Constantijn der Nederlanden. This book, written by Carlien Roodink, 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.


Our C4EU fellows arrived last week on January 14. For the project Code4EU, they will work on three challenges that the city of Amsterdam has mapped for them.


The 'Reisradar App', developed by a team of Waag is nominated for further development within the 'Ontwijk de File'.


The City of Amsterdam welcomes Ohyoon Kwon, Piotr Steininger and Giovanni Maggini as fellows for the Code4EU project. The coming nine months they will be working on innovative and smart apps that change the way governments work for their citizens.


Thursday December 13th, the winners of the Apps On competition were announced. In the contest participants competed for the prize for the best app for higher education or research. SURFnet and Waag organized this competition for the first time this year to stimulate the development of mobile apps


In the past week, the first Open Data Dialogue took place, organized by our partner in the Open Cities and Commons4EU projects, Fraunhofer-Focus. After they developed a German Open Data portal, they asked the international open data community to discuss innovative business models based on open data and the added value of new services.


The Open Innovation festival in Amsterdam kicked off on 26 November with the soft launch of This new website will inform you on the innovation projects of the City of Amsterdam, among which are the so-called City Challenges. These challenges will soon appear on the website, but were presented today at the C4EU City Challenge Pitch.


The City of Amsterdam has won the first prize at the World Smart City Awards 2012 in Barcelona, with the open data program of DIVV.


Pakhuis de Zwijger turned purple for a night. App developers and officials shook hands and the comment "All those bike apps make me hungry!" was heard.


On 7 November the prizes were awarded to the app developers who participated in the second Apps for Amsterdam contest. Apps like the anti-safetyapp Makkie Klauwe, trash routes and marketplace Fijnvuil and Parkshark API, an API with parking info that is free to use received prizes in a crowded Pakhuis de Zwijger.


We published a workbook on Open Data made for the Province Noord-Holland as an 'open domain' publication. This workbook is only available in Dutch.


BlindSquare, an augmented reality app that uses audio technology and crowd-sourced open data to help visually-impaired people move around and get the most out of their cities, won the first prize of the Open Cities App Challenge.


What does the future of Open Data look like? And what are factors for successful applications?


Waag stood to the cradle of Apps for Amsterdam, Apps for Noord-Holland and Apps for the Netherlands, and soon the contest Apps voor Europe will start.


The project Smart City SDK brings European datasets and the development community together. This became clear at the OK Festival in Helsinki, where projectleader Job Spiering represented Waag. And where he met up with partner cities Manchester, Barcelona and Helsinki.


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.


On July 30th, 2012 we organised a workshop to gather new insights in people’s mobility needs. A group of Amsterdam’s inhabitants was invited to share their experiences and inspire us. Their input was used to define the requirements for meeting the user’s needs within the mobility domain. The workshop was meant to be able to extract the universal user’s needs and not to provide the complete picture of users’ experiences.


On Saturday 16 June 2012 the second edition Apps for Amsterdam was launched, in which contest developers not only have a chance to win great prizes with their newly developed applications, but also the opportunity to develop them further to get them on the market. The newspaper Het Parool covered Apps for Amsterdam in an article written by Saskia Naafs on the opening day of the contest.


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'.


The Open Cities App Challenge brings together two important themes of the smart city: open data and sensor networks. As part of the Open Cities project the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS and the University Pompeu Fabra have created a data platform for developers to create services based on the data, which the cities provide.


A simple animation to explain what Linked Open Data is and why it's such a good thing.


The second edition of ‘Apps for Amsterdam’ is coming and Waag organized a brainstorm session with Open Data 'evangelists' from Amsterdam on 30 March 2012 at the Waag. A report (in Dutch).


On 19 March 2012 at Waag Open Space, we were discussing how open data is progressing and what the plans for developer events in 2012 are.


The winners of the Apps for Amsterdam contest in 2011 were: Energielabel App, OCO Scholenzoeker and 178 x Amsterdam.


At the beginning of 2011, Waag organized the first 'Apps contest' in The Netherlands, called 'Apps for Amsterdam'. We published a report on the contest titled 'Apps for Amsterdam, a city opening up' (pdf), giving the results, stats and lessons learned.


The winners of the national Dutch contest to develop applications with open data of the government, Apps voor Nederland (Apps for The Netherlands) are: Vistory (Gold), 10.000 Schools (Silver), Sola (Bronze) and Hoge Nood (Public Award).