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.


How to enable journalists to gain insight in political influence networks by using open data? And how to allow journalists to research historical data on this subject? Clique is a journalistic research application to gain insight in the evolution of political networks.


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.


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. During the first year, Apps for Europe has hosted eight open data events and five business lounges and has received 83 entries to the international competition.


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.


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.


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.


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.