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5 Lessons We Learned From Open Belgium 2018

- March 28, 2018 in Open Belgium

On March 12th, the World Wide Web’s 29th birthday, 250 Open Knowledge and Open Data enthusiasts gathered in Louvain-la-Neuve, ready to enable access for everyone to a web worth having.
The whole day was designed to get an update on local, national and global open initiatives as well as to share skills, expertise and ideas with like minded open data peers. Header What was new at Open Belgium 2018 This year’s Open Belgium Conference hosted 51 speakers from government, industry, academia and community that shared their knowledge in 35 Sessions. The presentations covered everything around Open Knowledge and Open Data, from the economic value to sustainability, privacy issues, technical challenges and solutions.
  • Open Belgium has worked hard to make the conference affordable for everyone. Ticket prices were reduced by half from 2017. This year Solidarity Tickets were introduced; with purchase of this category ticket, one enables two less fortunate data enthusiasts to attend Open Belgium 2018.
  • For the first time in Open Belgium history, the whole event was live-streamed and followed by 450 people online on that day.
  • Instead of previous editions’ written transcripts of the sessions, this year you can find videos of all sessions on the Open Knowledge Belgium Youtube channel.
  • This year next to the main track in English, a side track in French for Wallonian public authorities was organized.
Who attended Open Belgium 2018? Attendees

While it’s difficult to choose amongst the wide variety of topics I would like to share with you

My 5 personal highlights:

 

The web is under threat, and only we can save it!

The event traditionally kicked off with the overview of the State of Open Knowledge in Belgium. Delivered by Toon Vanagt, the chairman of Open Knowledge Belgium and Benoit Hucq, Director General of Digital Wallonia, the speech this year was oriented around transforming Belgium via greater Awareness, Empowerment, and Governance.
While highlighting the advances in Belgium since last year, the presentation didn’t forget to shed light on the controversy around the new GDPR regulations, and caution against taking it as an excuse for locking up data, and keeping it accessible by only a few.
Find all Presentation Slides and Videos here

Other keynote speakers:
Heleen Vollers –
Watch ‘Best Open Data Practices across Europe
Maarten Lambrechts –
Watch ‘12 Reasons why your data is not fully open‘   LOD

Linked Open Data Lessons

Diving right into the day with a multitude of Linked Open Data talks. Eight talks presented the role of linked and interoperable data within different domains, amongst those cultural heritage resources, touristic data, film archives up to the digitalisation of public administrations. The obstacles related to interoperability are shared amongst all sectors and I would like share following lessons by Agis Papantoniou to overcome them.

   

Making Data:

  • reusable – publish raw data and not HTML or PDFs
  • comprehensive and interoperable – Add metdata
  • findable – use intuitive links to optimize data browsing
  • accessible – store data in stable locations and encoded in URIs
  • reusable use open licenses like CC 4.0
  • use LOD Quality Assurance Frameworks

How to unlock your data’s full potential

  Kasper Van LombeekIn a session on Open Business Models, Kasper Van Lombeek, Founder of Rockestate shared how the start-up calculated various properties for all houses in Belgium (e.g. the building type, roof inclination, number of rooms). They use the Open Lidar data-set and apply latest artificial intelligence techniques to combine their open geo data* with their customer’s data to build predictive 3D models that can radically change business and industry. Presentation here *Open Geo Data is every publicly available piece of information with a spatial dimension. Other speakers in the Open for Business Session:
– Philippe Duchesne – Open Data Annotations
– Sebaastian Ter Bur, Hessel Van Oorschot, Jolan Soens, Winnie Poncelet, Gwen Franck – Open For Business
 

Don’t publish data without reuse

At 2:30 pm Frank Verschoor and Jochem Van de Berg from The Green Land successfully beat the inclining afternoon slump with their interactive session explaining how to effectively use open data in practice. At the example of their project ‘Flevoland (NL) Smarter’, they showed the impact of active listening and preferencing needs over assumptions on data utility. To conclude, Open Data are only valuable when they meet needs, so don’t publish data without reuse!  

The Future of data is Frictionless

Vitor Baptista, Engineering Lead at Open Knowledge International hosted the “Using Frictionless Data software to turn data into insight” hackathon. OKI’s Frictionless Data Initiative is about making it effortless to transport quality data among different tools and platforms for further analysis.
Unfortunately, not all attendees had brought their own laptop, but those that did were introduced to the software that streamlines data workflow process, and learned how to add metadata and to validate datasets. Be part of a vibrant open source, open data community Frictionless
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What’s next…?

For you who still don’t have enough of Open Knowledge and Open Data, check out the 8th edition of Open Summer of Code 2018. The 4-week summer programme in July provides Belgian based students the training, network, and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services.  

See you at Open Belgium 2019!

Thanks for reading my personal highlights, it was really tough to choose between all the fantastic presentations! Find all presentations here. Videos will follow soon, and for more Open Belgium pictures see Wikimedia.

Lastly, a big thank you to the partners that made Open Belgium 2018 possible!   Partner Logos

5 Lessons We Learned From Open Belgium 2018

- March 28, 2018 in Open Belgium

On March 12th, the World Wide Web’s 29th birthday, 250 Open Knowledge and Open Data enthusiasts gathered in Louvain-la-Neuve, ready to enable access for everyone to a web worth having.
The whole day was designed to get an update on local, national and global open initiatives as well as to share skills, expertise and ideas with like minded open data peers. Header What was new at Open Belgium 2018 This year’s Open Belgium Conference hosted 51 speakers from government, industry, academia and community that shared their knowledge in 35 Sessions. The presentations covered everything around Open Knowledge and Open Data, from the economic value to sustainability, privacy issues, technical challenges and solutions.
  • Open Belgium has worked hard to make the conference affordable for everyone. Ticket prices were reduced by half from 2017. This year Solidarity Tickets were introduced; with purchase of this category ticket, one enables two less fortunate data enthusiasts to attend Open Belgium 2018.
  • For the first time in Open Belgium history, the whole event was live-streamed and followed by 450 people online on that day.
  • Instead of previous editions’ written transcripts of the sessions, this year you can find videos of all sessions on the Open Knowledge Belgium Youtube channel.
  • This year next to the main track in English, a side track in French for Wallonian public authorities was organized.
Who attended Open Belgium 2018? Attendees

While it’s difficult to choose amongst the wide variety of topics I would like to share with you

My 5 personal highlights:

 

The web is under threat, and only we can save it!

The event traditionally kicked off with the overview of the State of Open Knowledge in Belgium. Delivered by Toon Vanagt, the chairman of Open Knowledge Belgium and Benoit Hucq, Director General of Digital Wallonia, the speech this year was oriented around transforming Belgium via greater Awareness, Empowerment, and Governance.
While highlighting the advances in Belgium since last year, the presentation didn’t forget to shed light on the controversy around the new GDPR regulations, and caution against taking it as an excuse for locking up data, and keeping it accessible by only a few.
Find all Presentation Slides and Videos here

Other keynote speakers:
Heleen Vollers –
Watch ‘Best Open Data Practices across Europe
Maarten Lambrechts –
Watch ‘12 Reasons why your data is not fully open‘   LOD

Linked Open Data Lessons

Diving right into the day with a multitude of Linked Open Data talks. Eight talks presented the role of linked and interoperable data within different domains, amongst those cultural heritage resources, touristic data, film archives up to the digitalisation of public administrations. The obstacles related to interoperability are shared amongst all sectors and I would like share following lessons by Agis Papantoniou to overcome them.

   

Making Data:

  • reusable – publish raw data and not HTML or PDFs
  • comprehensive and interoperable – Add metdata
  • findable – use intuitive links to optimize data browsing
  • accessible – store data in stable locations and encoded in URIs
  • reusable use open licenses like CC 4.0
  • use LOD Quality Assurance Frameworks

How to unlock your data’s full potential

  Kasper Van LombeekIn a session on Open Business Models, Kasper Van Lombeek, Founder of Rockestate shared how the start-up calculated various properties for all houses in Belgium (e.g. the building type, roof inclination, number of rooms). They use the Open Lidar data-set and apply latest artificial intelligence techniques to combine their open geo data* with their customer’s data to build predictive 3D models that can radically change business and industry. Presentation here *Open Geo Data is every publicly available piece of information with a spatial dimension. Other speakers in the Open for Business Session:
– Philippe Duchesne – Open Data Annotations
– Sebaastian Ter Bur, Hessel Van Oorschot, Jolan Soens, Winnie Poncelet, Gwen Franck – Open For Business
 

Don’t publish data without reuse

At 2:30 pm Frank Verschoor and Jochem Van de Berg from The Green Land successfully beat the inclining afternoon slump with their interactive session explaining how to effectively use open data in practice. At the example of their project ‘Flevoland (NL) Smarter’, they showed the impact of active listening and preferencing needs over assumptions on data utility. To conclude, Open Data are only valuable when they meet needs, so don’t publish data without reuse!  

The Future of data is Frictionless

Vitor Baptista, Engineering Lead at Open Knowledge International hosted the “Using Frictionless Data software to turn data into insight” hackathon. OKI’s Frictionless Data Initiative is about making it effortless to transport quality data among different tools and platforms for further analysis.
Unfortunately, not all attendees had brought their own laptop, but those that did were introduced to the software that streamlines data workflow process, and learned how to add metadata and to validate datasets. Be part of a vibrant open source, open data community Frictionless
oSoc18

What’s next…?

For you who still don’t have enough of Open Knowledge and Open Data, check out the 8th edition of Open Summer of Code 2018. The 4-week summer programme in July provides Belgian based students the training, network, and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services.  

See you at Open Belgium 2019!

Thanks for reading my personal highlights, it was really tough to choose between all the fantastic presentations! Find all presentations here. Videos will follow soon, and for more Open Belgium pictures see Wikimedia.

Lastly, a big thank you to the partners that made Open Belgium 2018 possible!   Partner Logos

Open data day : Towards Clean Air with Open Data!

- March 5, 2018 in air quality, airquality, Civic Lab, Events, General, InfluencAir, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Data Day

    On Saturday 3rd March took place the Open Data Day, for the occasion, no less than 355 events occurred around the globe. One of them, “Towards Clean Air with Open Data!”, happened in BeCentral in Brussels. During the morning, 8 talks on open air quality data were given by citizens, experts, students and entrepreneurs. They talked about different initiatives in Belgium, the effects on health of air pollution, and more. You can find the links to the slides of the presentations below, also, everything was recorded so the talks will be available soon on our Youtube Channel. In the afternoon, two workshops were given:
  • Analyzing and visualizing open air quality data
  • Build your own sensor
The first one lasted around two hours, it was given by Dominik Rubo who knows a lot about open air quality data analysis and visualization. By the end of the workshop, people were able to extract the data provided by the sensors, analyse it and visualize it. If you’re interested, you can find the github link to do it yourself here. The second one, given by Yannick Verbelen and Pieter Van der Vennet, aimed at teaching people how to build their own sensor so they would only need to plug it in at home to be operational. Thanks to this workshop, they managed to build 22 sensors that are probably collecting data now. We expect that more and more workshops of this kind will take place in different cities so we will have a better understanding of air quality in Belgium. You couldn’t come at the workshop and you can’t wait to build your own sensor? Here is a complete tutorial with resources to order the pieces and build it at home! The event finished on a cold beer in the end of the afternoon to relax after this extensive program. It is awesome to see the dedication people put in such project during their free time. The success of such event is a good indicator that open air quality data has a bright future in Belgium.   If you want to actively join the movement, Civic Lab Brussels members work on air quality measurements every other Tuesday. Join our meetup page to learn more about it! We are looking for technical and non-technical people, so come as you are whatever your skills are. The next coming event is Open Belgium 2018, it will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 12th March. If you are interested not only in air quality but in open data in general, you will definitely enjoy it. Don’t hesitate to visit the website to learn more about it and book your ticket!   Resources: Presentations’ slides:    

Open data day : Towards Clean Air with Open Data!

- March 5, 2018 in air quality, airquality, Civic Lab, Events, General, InfluencAir, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Data Day

    On Saturday 3rd March took place the Open Data Day, for the occasion, no less than 355 events occurred around the globe. One of them, “Towards Clean Air with Open Data!”, happened in BeCentral in Brussels. During the morning, 8 talks on open air quality data were given by citizens, experts, students and entrepreneurs. They talked about different initiatives in Belgium, the effects on health of air pollution, and more. You can find the links to the slides of the presentations below, also, everything was recorded so the talks will be available soon on our Youtube Channel. In the afternoon, two workshops were given:
  • Analyzing and visualizing open air quality data
  • Build your own sensor
The first one lasted around two hours, it was given by Dominik Rubo who knows a lot about open air quality data analysis and visualization. By the end of the workshop, people were able to extract the data provided by the sensors, analyse it and visualize it. If you’re interested, you can find the github link to do it yourself here. The second one, given by Yannick Verbelen and Pieter Van der Vennet, aimed at teaching people how to build their own sensor so they would only need to plug it in at home to be operational. Thanks to this workshop, they managed to build 22 sensors that are probably collecting data now. We expect that more and more workshops of this kind will take place in different cities so we will have a better understanding of air quality in Belgium. You couldn’t come at the workshop and you can’t wait to build your own sensor? Here is a complete tutorial with resources to order the pieces and build it at home! The event finished on a cold beer in the end of the afternoon to relax after this extensive program. It is awesome to see the dedication people put in such project during their free time. The success of such event is a good indicator that open air quality data has a bright future in Belgium.   If you want to actively join the movement, Civic Lab Brussels members work on air quality measurements every other Tuesday. Join our meetup page to learn more about it! We are looking for technical and non-technical people, so come as you are whatever your skills are. The next coming event is Open Belgium 2018, it will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 12th March. If you are interested not only in air quality but in open data in general, you will definitely enjoy it. Don’t hesitate to visit the website to learn more about it and book your ticket!   Resources: Presentations’ slides:    

Open Belgium 2018: “Open Communities – Smart Society”

- February 14, 2018 in Frictionless Data, OK Belgium, Open Belgium

The next edition of Open Belgium, a community driven conference organised by Open Knowledge Belgium, is almost here! In less than 4 weeks, 300 industry, research, government and citizen stakeholders will gather and discuss current trends around Open Knowledge and Open Data in Belgium. Open Belgium is the ideal place to get an update on local, national and global open initiatives as well as to share skills, expertise and ideas with like minded data enthusiasts. It is an event where IT-experts, local authorities, Open Data hackers, researchers and private companies have the chance to catch up on what is new in the field of Open Knowledge in Belgium and beyond. It’s a day where data publishers sit next to users, citizen developers and communities to network and to openly discuss the next steps in Open Knowledge and Open Data. To make sure that you will get the best out of a full day of talks, workshops, panels, discussions and, not to forget, networking opportunities, we post daily blog posts of all that is going to happen on the 12th of March. Check out the full programme here. From Open Knowledge International, Serah Rono (Developer Advocate) and Vitor Baptista (Engineering Lead) will host the hackathon session “Using Frictionless Data software to turn data into insight”. OKI’s Frictionless Data (frictionlessdata.io) initiative is about making it effortless to transport quality data among different tools & platforms for further analysis. In this session, they will introduce Open Belgium community to software that streamlines their data workflow process and make a case for data quality. You will learn how to add metadata and create schema for their data, validate datasets and be part of a vibrant open source, open data community. Do you want to be part of the open community? Attend talks from excellent speakers? Meet other open experts and interested peers? Find inspiration for your projects? Or just keep the discussion going on #OpenBelgium? Be sure to join on the 12h of March in Louvain-la-Neuve: there are still tickets left here.

Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for open Summer of code 2017

- May 31, 2017 in belgium, Civic Labs, Events, General, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Knowledge, open Summer of code, oSoc17

In the last few months, the open community in Belgium has had the chance to gather multiple times. Open Knowledge Belgium organised a couple of events and activities which aimed to bring its passionate community together and facilitate the launch of new projects. Furthermore, as summertime is coming, it’s currently organising the seventh edition of its yearly open Summer of code. Let’s go chronologically through what’s going on at Open Knowledge Belgium.

Open Belgium 2017

As the tradition goes, the first Monday after International Open Data Day, Open Knowledge Belgium organises its Open Belgium conference on open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

Open Belgium was made possible by an incredible group of volunteers

This year’s community-driven gathering of open enthusiasts took place in Brussels for the first time and was a big success. More than 250 people with different backgrounds showed up to talk about the current state of and next steps towards more open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

All presentations, notes and visuals of Open Belgium are available on http://2017.openbelgium.be/presentations.

Launch of Civic Lab Brussels

It all started during a fruitful discussion with Open Knowledge Germany at Open Belgium. While talking about the 26 OK Labs in Germany, more specifically being intrigued by the air quality project of OK Lab Stuttgart, we got to ask ourselves: why wouldn’t we launch something similar in Brussels/Belgium?

In about the same period of time, some new open initiatives popped up from within our community and several volunteers repeatedly expressed their interest to contribute to Open Knowledge’s mission of building a world in which knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

Eventually, after a wonderful visit to BeCentral — the new digital hub above Brussels’ central station — all pieces of the puzzle got merged into the idea of a Civic Lab: bringing volunteers and open projects every 2 weeks together in an open space.

The goal of Civic Labs Brussels is two-fold: on the one hand, offering volunteers opportunities to contribute to civic projects they care about. On the other hand, providing initiative-takers of open project with help and advice from fellow citizens.

Open in the case of our Civic Lab means, corresponding to the Open Definition, yet slightly shorter, that anyone can freely contribute to and benefit from the project. No strings attached.

Civic Lab meetups are not only to put open initiatives in the picture and hang out with other civic innovators. They’re also about getting things done and creating impact. Therefore, those gatherings always take place under the same format of short introductory presentations (30 min) — to both new and ongoing projects — followed by action (2 hours), whereby all attendees are totally free to contribute to the project of their choice and can come up with new projects.

Open Summer of code 2017

Last but not least, Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for the seventh edition of its annual open Summer of code. From 3rd until 27th July, 36 programming, design and communications students will be working under the guidance of experienced coaches on 10 different open innovation projects with real-life impact.

If you want to stay updated about open Summer of code and all other activities, please follow Open Knowledge Belgium on Twitter or subscribe to its newsletter.

Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for open Summer of code 2017

- May 31, 2017 in belgium, Civic Labs, Events, General, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Knowledge, open Summer of code, oSoc17

In the last few months, the open community in Belgium has had the chance to gather multiple times. Open Knowledge Belgium organised a couple of events and activities which aimed to bring its passionate community together and facilitate the launch of new projects. Furthermore, as summertime is coming, it’s currently organising the seventh edition of its yearly open Summer of code. Let’s go chronologically through what’s going on at Open Knowledge Belgium.

Open Belgium 2017

As the tradition goes, the first Monday after International Open Data Day, Open Knowledge Belgium organises its Open Belgium conference on open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

Open Belgium was made possible by an incredible group of volunteers

This year’s community-driven gathering of open enthusiasts took place in Brussels for the first time and was a big success. More than 250 people with different backgrounds showed up to talk about the current state of and next steps towards more open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

All presentations, notes and visuals of Open Belgium are available on http://2017.openbelgium.be/presentations.

Launch of Civic Lab Brussels

It all started during a fruitful discussion with Open Knowledge Germany at Open Belgium. While talking about the 26 OK Labs in Germany, more specifically being intrigued by the air quality project of OK Lab Stuttgart, we got to ask ourselves: why wouldn’t we launch something similar in Brussels/Belgium?

In about the same period of time, some new open initiatives popped up from within our community and several volunteers repeatedly expressed their interest to contribute to Open Knowledge’s mission of building a world in which knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

Eventually, after a wonderful visit to BeCentral — the new digital hub above Brussels’ central station — all pieces of the puzzle got merged into the idea of a Civic Lab: bringing volunteers and open projects every 2 weeks together in an open space.

The goal of Civic Labs Brussels is two-fold: on the one hand, offering volunteers opportunities to contribute to civic projects they care about. On the other hand, providing initiative-takers of open project with help and advice from fellow citizens.

Open in the case of our Civic Lab means, corresponding to the Open Definition, yet slightly shorter, that anyone can freely contribute to and benefit from the project. No strings attached.

Civic Lab meetups are not only to put open initiatives in the picture and hang out with other civic innovators. They’re also about getting things done and creating impact. Therefore, those gatherings always take place under the same format of short introductory presentations (30 min) — to both new and ongoing projects — followed by action (2 hours), whereby all attendees are totally free to contribute to the project of their choice and can come up with new projects.

Open Summer of code 2017

Last but not least, Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for the seventh edition of its annual open Summer of code. From 3rd until 27th July, 36 programming, design and communications students will be working under the guidance of experienced coaches on 10 different open innovation projects with real-life impact.

If you want to stay updated about open Summer of code and all other activities, please follow Open Knowledge Belgium on Twitter or subscribe to its newsletter.

Open Belgium: Open Programme Gathering

- November 20, 2016 in Events, Open Belgium

Open Belgium is a yearly community-driven conference on Open Knowledge and Open Data in Belgium. In just one day community members, researchers, industry influencers and government officials come together to discuss various open efforts in Belgium. Next year’s edition – Open Belgium 2017 – will take place on 6th March 2017 in Brussels. As it’s an event for and by the open community, anyone interested in the open movement can help decide what the programme will look like. From 26th October until 27th November there is an Open Call for Presentations, so that everyone willing to give a talk at the conference can submit his or her proposal(s). Thereafter, all submissions will be reviewed and the final programme will be made through an Open Community Gathering and discussion on Thursday 1st December at event space 4041 in Brussels. Do you want to join the Open Programma Gathering? Simply register here. Can anyone join this Open Programme Gathering? Yes, anyone can, unless those who have submitted a proposal to give a talk in order to avoid conflicts of interests. Besides that, it’s an open gathering and discussion, so feel free to come and join the discussion, even if you’re not yet familiar with open knowledge or open data. Snacks and drinks are on us. Good to know prior to the open programme gathering This year, we’re turning things around: Open Cities, Smart Data, marking the different ways open knowledge and open data can contribute to smart urban development, the rise of smart applications and the shift from the raising quantity of data to the raising quality of data. The main focus will be on keynotes and panels, as the location is centered around one big auditorium and two smaller break-out rooms. To raise the quality of the conference, the maximum number of sessions should be limited to 14. If you reserve your seat as part of the organising committee, you can expect to get a presentation with all proposals in your mailbox soon after the Open Call for Presentations has closed. Where to find more information about Open Belgium 2017? Visit http://2017.openbelgium.be for all information related to the event. It might be useful to take a look at last year’s presentations as well. What if I can’t make it? First of all, that’s a pity. But you want to help organize Open Belgium? We’re very grateful for that: simply select a ‘no seat, but keep me in the loop ticket’ on the event page. We’ll come back to you with more offers. Where will the open discussion take place? At the event space 4041, Ravensteingalerij/Galerie Ravenstein 40-41, Brussels. Right in the middle of the city, literally a few steps away from the Brussels central station. Are we only going to talk about the conference programme? Of course not, there will be some time left to meet and talk with other open enthuasiasts. What can I do for now? Think twice and make a choice between either submitting your proposal to give a talk or registering for the open gathering on Thursday 1st December. And yes, spread the word and join the Twitter conversation via #openbelgium. If you want to attend this open programme discussion, don’t forget to register here.

Open Belgium: Open Programme Gathering

- November 20, 2016 in Events, Open Belgium

Open Belgium is a yearly community-driven conference on Open Knowledge and Open Data in Belgium. In just one day community members, researchers, industry influencers and government officials come together to discuss various open efforts in Belgium. Next year’s edition – Open Belgium 2017 – will take place on 6th March 2017 in Brussels. As it’s an event for and by the open community, anyone interested in the open movement can help decide what the programme will look like. From 26th October until 27th November there is an Open Call for Presentations, so that everyone willing to give a talk at the conference can submit his or her proposal(s). Thereafter, all submissions will be reviewed and the final programme will be made through an Open Community Gathering and discussion on Thursday 1st December at event space 4041 in Brussels. Do you want to join the Open Programma Gathering? Simply register here. Can anyone join this Open Programme Gathering? Yes, anyone can, unless those who have submitted a proposal to give a talk in order to avoid conflicts of interests. Besides that, it’s an open gathering and discussion, so feel free to come and join the discussion, even if you’re not yet familiar with open knowledge or open data. Snacks and drinks are on us. Good to know prior to the open programme gathering This year, we’re turning things around: Open Cities, Smart Data, marking the different ways open knowledge and open data can contribute to smart urban development, the rise of smart applications and the shift from the raising quantity of data to the raising quality of data. The main focus will be on keynotes and panels, as the location is centered around one big auditorium and two smaller break-out rooms. To raise the quality of the conference, the maximum number of sessions should be limited to 14. If you reserve your seat as part of the organising committee, you can expect to get a presentation with all proposals in your mailbox soon after the Open Call for Presentations has closed. Where to find more information about Open Belgium 2017? Visit http://2017.openbelgium.be for all information related to the event. It might be useful to take a look at last year’s presentations as well. What if I can’t make it? First of all, that’s a pity. But you want to help organize Open Belgium? We’re very grateful for that: simply select a ‘no seat, but keep me in the loop ticket’ on the event page. We’ll come back to you with more offers. Where will the open discussion take place? At the event space 4041, Ravensteingalerij/Galerie Ravenstein 40-41, Brussels. Right in the middle of the city, literally a few steps away from the Brussels central station. Are we only going to talk about the conference programme? Of course not, there will be some time left to meet and talk with other open enthuasiasts. What can I do for now? Think twice and make a choice between either submitting your proposal to give a talk or registering for the open gathering on Thursday 1st December. And yes, spread the word and join the Twitter conversation via #openbelgium. If you want to attend this open programme discussion, don’t forget to register here.

Open Belgium: Open Programme Gathering

- November 20, 2016 in Events, Open Belgium, open knowledge belgium

Open Belgium is a yearly community-driven conference on Open Knowledge and Open Data in Belgium. In just one day community members, researchers, industry influencers and government officials come together to discuss various open efforts in Belgium. Next year’s edition – Open Belgium 2017 – will take place on 6th March 2017 in Brussels. As it’s an event for and by the open community, anyone interested in the open movement can help decide what the programme will look like. From 26th October until 27th November there is an Open Call for Presentations, so that everyone willing to give a talk at the conference can submit his or her proposal(s). Thereafter, all submissions will be reviewed and the final programme will be made through an Open Community Gathering and discussion on Thursday 1st December at event space 4041 in Brussels. Do you want to join the Open Programma Gathering? Simply register here. Can anyone join this Open Programme Gathering? Yes, anyone can, unless those who have submitted a proposal to give a talk in order to avoid conflicts of interests. Besides that, it’s an open gathering and discussion, so feel free to come and join the discussion, even if you’re not yet familiar with open knowledge or open data. Snacks and drinks are on us. Good to know prior to the open programme gathering This year, we’re turning things around: Open Cities, Smart Data, marking the different ways open knowledge and open data can contribute to smart urban development, the rise of smart applications and the shift from the raising quantity of data to the raising quality of data. The main focus will be on keynotes and panels, as the location is centered around one big auditorium and two smaller break-out rooms. To raise the quality of the conference, the maximum number of sessions should be limited to 14. If you reserve your seat as part of the organising committee, you can expect to get a presentation with all proposals in your mailbox soon after the Open Call for Presentations has closed. Where to find more information about Open Belgium 2017? Visit http://2017.openbelgium.be for all information related to the event. It might be useful to take a look at last year’s presentations as well. What if I can’t make it? First of all, that’s a pity. But you want to help organize Open Belgium? We’re very grateful for that: simply select a ‘no seat, but keep me in the loop ticket’ on the event page. We’ll come back to you with more offers. Where will the open discussion take place? At the event space 4041, Ravensteingalerij/Galerie Ravenstein 40-41, Brussels. Right in the middle of the city, literally a few steps away from the Brussels central station. Are we only going to talk about the conference programme? Of course not, there will be some time left to meet and talk with other open enthuasiasts. What can I do for now? Think twice and make a choice between either submitting your proposal to give a talk or registering for the open gathering on Thursday 1st December. And yes, spread the word and join the Twitter conversation via #openbelgium. If you want to attend this open programme discussion, don’t forget to register here.