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What is Open Data?

Open means anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share for any purpose*.

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A quick guide through Open Science

“Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.” Bertrand Russell Note for all you TL;DR people: Check out this clip about Open Access by […]

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Why do we need OpenStreetMap? It’s the community stupid.

There are exciting times. Opendata is everywhere! In the past couple of year we have seen a lot of very interesting data open up and as a result things have changed. Startups have popped up everywhere related to opendata and some very successfully. OpenStreetMap celebrated it’s 10th birthday in 2014, it’s been around for ages […]

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From raw data to finely crafted mosaics: the importance of standards

Now that large amounts of open data are becoming available, along with efficient visualization tools for their respective types, one of the next challenges is to make sense of these data in the scope of particular domains and use cases. Be it enriching a breaking news video with relevant graphs, contextualizing a budget report with […]

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Overcoming the hurdles of Open culture in Belgium

In January 2015, Paul Otlet’s heritage has fallen into the public domain. Some 80 years ago Otlet designed plans for a global network of computers that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described a networked world where “anyone in his armchair would be […]

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