open-source

The open-source model is a decentralised development model that encourages open collaboration. A main principle of open-source software development is peer production, with products such as source code, blueprints, and documentation freely available to the public. The open-source movement in software began as a response to the limitations of proprietary code. 

 

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Our Data, Our Future: Radical Tech for a Democratic Digital Society

 

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Join us on a sound safari and collect sound samples in the city.

 

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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.

 

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Have you always wanted to make your own medieval city map? Now there is a free online tool with which you can!

 

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The DSI4EU consortium presents six special products in the lead up to its final conference.

 

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24-05-2019

M-ODE Expo

TextileLab Amsterdam is part of the exposition M-ODE with the open-source material archive during WeMakeThe.City.

 

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Hidde Kamst examines a more cooperative city with a participatory model and some trade-offs that are involved in participation. 

 

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An evening with Rosanne Hertzberger about bacteria in the human body and creating an low-oxygen environment.

 

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How to measure nuclear radiation? Waag hosted a workshop on how to measure radiation with low-cost sensors.

 

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The Dutch Privacy Awards were presented during the National Privacy Conference, with an incentive award for PublicSpaces.

 

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Roland van Dierendonck of Waag will give a workshop biohacking at Tetem in Enschede and at Culturhus Borne.

 

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Ista Boszhard and Cecilia Raspanti of TextileLab Amsterdam are the winners at Future Fashion Pioneers.

 

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GammaSense develops a citizens measurement network to measure gamma radiation.

 

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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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Hollandse Luchten is a citizens science project where we involve citizens in measuring air quality in their environment in the Province of North Holland.

 

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

 

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How could open-source technologies help in solving sustainability challenges?

 

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We turned a page in our history. We shortened our name to just Waag - with the subtitle technology & society. And it comes with a new website, made in our new visual identity.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will teach users how to work with Inkscape. We will draw a simple illustration to understand the basic tools that we might use to develop our designs.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will dig into the advanced features of FreeCAD. We will 3D model a complex object and learn how to prepare a file to interact with machines.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen (Programme manager Open Wetlab) will be one of the speakers at a meeting on Open Innovation in Copenhagen (Denmark) on November 19th. REBBLS (Rising Entrepreneurs in BioBusiness & Life Sciences) have invited him to give a talk about open innovation in pharma and the project BioStrike in particular.

 

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This half-day workshop will give an exhaustive introduction to the open source software FreeCAD. We will 3D model a simple object, in order to understand all the main functions of this very impressive program.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will dig into the advanced features of FreeCAD. We will 3D model a complex object and learn how to prepare a file to interact with machines.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will explore the basic features of Blender and how interact with a mesh 3D model.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will explore the deepest and more interesting features of Inkscape, in order to develop more complex designs and how to deal with digital fabrication.

 

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Marleen Stikker and Karien Vermeulen of Waag will participate in the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2016 in Amsterdam on 24 May 2016.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will teach users how to work with Inkscape. We will draw a simple illustration to understand the basic tools that we might use to develop our designs.

 

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Fablab Amsterdam organizes two workshops on the open-source 3D modeling compiler OpenSCAD. The first workshop introduces you OpenSCAD. OpenSCAD is a 2D and 3D modeling environment in which, with simple basic forms, complex drawings can be made. At the end of the workshop you will be able to create your own drawings in OpenSCAD.

 

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Fablab Amsterdam organizes two workshops on the open-source 3D modeling compiler OpenSCAD. During the second workshop, we will go deeper into the functionalities of OpenSCAD.

 

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Paulien Melis (program developer) will participate in the ColaborAmerica event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She will lead a plenary session on the first day, themed 'Open Source Society'.

 

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During this half-day workshop, we will go a bit deeper in the features that Blender offers to us and how to bring our designs from our computer to a 3D printer.

 

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An evening presentation and discussion about the experience of one of the oldest computer museums in Europe, MusIF. MusIF is Italian for "Museum of working informatics", term often used to indicate computer science. The name refers to the fact that every computer exhibited in the museum is fully functional.

 

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At OHM 2013 Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab) will provide you with a blue print in flux for your own open source biology lab. Using Innoculab, you will experiment hands-on with two open source DIY biology projects.

 

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Design blog Dezeen has interviewed Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab in their series called 'Good Design for a Bad World'. In the interview, she describes healthcare as "a closed system" in which patients have little power.

 

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In a world where science is most often practiced in isolated labs, gaining access to the primary tools is of great importance to many independent researchers.

 

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Last month I flew to Chile for the 'Gathering of Open Science Hardware' (GOSH). I went there there with the idea to see a lot of hardware, exchange ideas about equipment and problems you face during equipment development, and of course meet many awesome people. Those cool people I definitely met but I actually did not see that much hardware! Nevertheless, the gathering was no disappointment and left a much bigger impression than I could imagine beforehand.

 

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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.

 

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Marleen Stikker will speak on 12 December at the How Open? Festival in Utrecht. This festival is organized by 'Open Overheid' (Open Government).

 

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The creaky wooden floor in the Theatrum Anatonicum of the Waag was covered in white, the vodka for a DNA extraction experiment was ice cold, and the 3D printer warming up. Waag's Do-It-Yourself Healthcare Clinic was about to open its doors to the public—or, rather, to prospective creators and 'patients'.

 

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From June 20th to 22nd, we held three Smart Citizens crash courses about measuring air, water quality and noise pollution at the temporary FabCity Campus in Amsterdam.

 

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The open access Journal of Sensors has published a research paper called 'Citizen Sensing for Improved Urban Environmental Monitoring'.

 

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In the context of the Design & City Conference, which will explore citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city, we invite you for an exciting workshop about using open source hardware and software to solve local problems. This a great chance to get acquainted with our newest initiative in the emerging field of smarts citizens. After our first two exiting editions of the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab, we’re broadening our horizons to the international field.

 

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7-04-2016

Open Science

Xiamyra Daal will present our biotechnology activities of our Open Wetlab at the meeting 'Open Science. Iedereen doet mee' at SPUI25 in Amsterdam. This meeting is Dutch spoken.

 

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Labs are becoming smaller and smaller. So small even, that they will soon fit in your smartphone.

 

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Can you beat the price of a Raspberry Pi? Recently, the small firm Next Thing Co. (a team of nine artists and engineers) introduced the 'Chip' at Kickstarter. A 'single-board'-computer for the price of... nine US dollars.

 

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The rapid development of biotechnology, from genetic engineering, genomics, to synthetic biology and systems biology is often compared to the ICT revolution. The interdisciplinary approach between biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology has enabled biotechnologists to design much more complex systems than in the past.

 

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The Rijksmuseum has added the digital design of the 'Makerchair Hexagon' from the Dutch designer Joris Laarman to its collection.

 

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6-11-2014

Mooltipass

After just one day already 15% of the crowdfunding target at Indiegogo had been reached: the Mooltipass, an open-source offline password database.

 

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In October 2014 we organized a two-day OpenKnit Machine workshop within the Crisp Smart Textile Services project in collaboration with TU/Eindhoven and Gerard Rubio.

 

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Willem Duijvelshoff visited our event Do It Together Bio about Hacking HIV for Motherboard and reports (in Dutch).

 

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The omnipresence of smartphones and the fast rise of iBeacons present new opportunities for information services. But what are iBeacons? These are small sensors with a built-in ARM processor. The technology enables a smart phone or other device to perform actions when in close proximity to an iBeacon, like exchanging their position. They can also measure temperature, movement and acceleration.

 

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Steve Swiggers and Vincent Muller of the Dutch branch of Wikihouse presented their design at the RAP for an open source garden house. Via hollandwikihouse.nl they invited everyone to co-design specific parts they could find a solution for themselves.

 

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Mozilla has, together with a group of providers and hardware makers, established the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (OWDRCB), a similar board as the Open Handset Alliance for Android. CEO Bas van Abel recently told BuzzT that Mozilla is interested in the possibility to run Firefox OS on the Fairphone, that comes standard with Android.

 

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After two years and three printruns of the book 'Open Design Now', a Japanese edition of the book has been published. A beautifully crafted book, like they only make them in Japan: a paperback with a dustjacket - all in the finest papers.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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Through his documentary “Year of Open Source” project, the Berlin-based New Zealand filmmaker Sam Muirhead has set himself the challenge of trying to live as open source as possible for a year: abandoning goods protected with traditional copyright, getting rid of his Apple, discovering Creative Commons films and music, producing clothing with circular knitting machines and parametric designs, creating digitally manufactured furniture and learning to master open hardware and 3D printing.

 

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On 21 March 2013 at the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam the teams that worked under the name Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, Design & E-Culture will present their research proposals. Alexander Zeh and Karen van der Moolen (Waag) are presenting the results or their reseach 'Self Building Building' in Rotterdam.

 

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On Friday February 15, fellow Patrice Riemens and system administrator Henk Buursen organized a meet up in remembrance of Aaron Schwartz, the famous American Internet and social justice activist who committed suicide on January 11th 2013. Following is a blog about this evening by Patrice Riemens.

 

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Since 12 December 2012, the contents of the book 'Open Design Now' is for 100% open under a CC-license online.

 

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One and a half year after the release of the book 'Open Design Now, Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive', the first standard publication in this field, on 12 December 2012 its content will become fully online available on the website opendesignnow.org.

 

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Marleen Stikker is a keynote speaker at the Cidade Campus in Guimarães on November 3 about "Open Technology". This is an initiative by Smaller Cities for Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture. It aims to re-orientate the development of creative city-making with a focus on smaller cities. Cidade Campus- re-imagine the possibility of the city!

 

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This session is to gain practical DIY Bio experience. This time we will assemble the OpenPCR for sure! The Fablab will be open, ensuring you can start turning your idea into reality instantly.

 

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For an exhibit at the expo of nominees for the Rotterdam design prize at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Open Design Lab of Waag made a collection of quotes and instructions about Open Design.

 

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8-03-2012

Open Cities

Open Cities was a project of six major European cities: Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

 

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The publication Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive examines current developments in the emerging open design movement and looks ahead to its future.

 

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The design of products is no longer reserved for professional designers only. With today's computer-driven prototyping machines, anyone can make designs and print them in 3D.

 

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8-03-2012

Annotrax

Annotrax combined the concept of channeled annotating with a video search engine and an highly interactive video player.

 

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Instructables Restaurant is the first restaurant in the world where everything you see, use and eat is downloaded from instructables.com.

 

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8-03-2012

LooseControl

LooseControl was an open-source platform to facilitate multi-user, live interactive broadcasts.

 

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The Browser Days were organised as a competion for a better browser.

 

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