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Combining Open Data and GIS in Kristiansand

Kristiansand has for a long time spent resources on analyzing and publishing data based on demographics. This information is now ready to be publicized on an aggregate level and in terms of general classification of mainly age groups. One can therefore also use the data for more exact analyses and analyses across different services, something that will give a greater insight into specific needs, over- or under-distribution of services, investments and other information.

Use of Open Data stimulated by economy department of Belgian Government

The concept of open data has found acceptance in the economy department of the Belgian government. Through the statistics department be.STAT this includes a wealth of information on the population, employment, economy, traffic, transportation, and energy.

Andrew Stott speaking on Flemish Open Data Day

The Flemish Government is proud to announce that Andrew Stott will be giving a keynote on "Open Data: best practices in Europe and key challenges facing the European Union" during their Open Data Day on June 15th 2012 in Brussels. Andrew Stott was the UK’s first Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement and led the work to open government data and create "".

Open Conference - Tuesday 12 th June 2012, Copenhagen

On June 12th, the Opening Up project organises an Open Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Open Conference will introduce different perspectives on open data and how it can be used in various ways – both as a local government and as a business. The European digital agenda has a strong focus on how opening up governmental data for re-use can have major benefits for citizens, businesses, society and the governments themselves.

Open Data Day Flemish Government on 15 June 2012

The Flemish government organises an "Open Data Day" on 15 June 2012. Main activities will be: "Apps for Flanders" and "Open Data - from strategy to practice".

Belgian Cities Brussels and Ghent open up their datasets

The City of Brussels state they have of a lot of information in the form of lists, tables and interactive maps, which are interesting for everyone and could be useful. It has information about libraries, public toilets, car parks, sports facilities - Government Knowledge Portal

The Flemish government opted to do more with opening up governmental data. As a result, a broad collaborative knowledge platform was set up around the theme "open data".

The Open Data Handbook version 1.0

The Open Knowledge Foundation launched version 1.0 of the Open Data Handbook. The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open and how to do useful things with it.

Linked open data: A quick start guide for decision makers

Although Linked Open Data (LOD) has yet to be mainstreamed, there are a lot of LOD already available.