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  • How real time data and Augmented Reality support Smart Cities

    Digitisation makes cities smart

    Service orientation becomes more and more important - also for cities. Digital urban solutions are increasingly demanded. Emerging technologies offer new services to cities and its citizens. Smart Cities are no future scenario anymore but describe cities that use innovative technologies to create added value for the population and the economy. The leading… more

  • Fostering the digitisation and publication of cultural heritage

    New technologies have made it possible to expose cultural heritage on digital platforms. However, until this moment only a small fraction of the cultural institutions worldwide digitised their material and made it openly available. You can read more about the importance of digitisation of open cultural heritage and its re-use.

    In fostering the process of digitisation of cultural heritage, cultural institutions… more

  • The role of data protection in the proposal for a revised PSI Directive

    Background and aim of the PSI directive and its revision

    The aim of the PSI Directive on re-use of Public Sector Information is to foster and guide the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI). The directive advocates making more public sector data and public research data available at higher quality to increase the reusability. A solid… more

  • Unlocking the potential of Artificial Intelligence

    AI and data: a crucial combination

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has the capacity to extract deeper insights from datasets than other techniques. Examples of AI are: speech recognition, natural language, processing, chatbots or voice bots. To get AI applications to work, big sets of high quality (open) data are necessary. But what requirements does this data have to meet? To answer this question, we need to look more closely at what requirements data need… more

  • Increasing impact with Open Data across borders

    What is data driven journalism?

    "The goal is to explain the news and tell the stories in the most attractive, accurate and simple way as possible." Jaime Serra, Data Journalist, La Vanguardia.

    Data journalists are professionals with a sense for news and the ability to write compelling stories using data. Data can be a source of information for data journalists and it… more

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a supporter for Open Data

    What is the background of the GDPR?

    As technologies develop and more and more data are produced and collected, several initiatives seize the potential of the data by re-using it to gain insight or provide new products and services. Mobile applications can, for example, tell users when it will rain in which area by linked weather and geo data. Websites on public procurement provide inside on public spending and decision making. Others combine bus and train schedules… more

  • The rise of cultural Open Data

    Cultural institutions possess a lot of valuable information. Examples are the collections that cultural institutions manage and the available knowledge about these collections. New technologies have made it possible to expose cultural heritage on digital platforms and in the last few years, an increasing number of cultural institutions digitised their collections. Digitised material from cultural institutions can be re-used to develop… more

  • Using AI in the public sector is possible, but how?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) software has been called the most disruptive force in technology and it offers an unprecedented opportunity to transform both the private- and public services sector. It is a priority for the European Union and the European Commission recently presented a series of measure to boost Europe's… more

  • Ranging from reports to statistics, surveys and historical databases

    Migration has occurred for centuries and impacted the world as we know it today. In the past years, migrants have been heading to Europe due to for example political instability in their home country. By looking at five European countries with migration and immigration data, more insights in these demographic trends can be given.

    Every year, the Dutch government releases a report on the Migration Chain, that reflects on several aspects of migration to and immigrants in the… more

  • Where to start?

    Using sustainable and green energy sources can contribute to the preservation of the planet. Until now, European consumers and industries are still dependent on fossil fuels, such as oil, gas and coal. Renewable energy is a sustainable alternative for using fossil fuels and can be generated from the sun, wind, water, earth warmth and biomass. Several European countries that work with these sustainable energy sources and collect data on the process will be touched upon in this article.