Working groups

Creative Commons Belgium
A local organisation promoting the use of CC-licenses in Belgium

CC Belgium
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC Belgium translates these licenses for the Belgian legislation, contributes Belgian stories to the international organisation and organises meet-ups in Belgium.

Sounds interesting? Want to involve yourself in the Open Licensing and sharing your work? Just contact us

Transport data in Belgium revisited

This working group creates interfaces for developers who want to use transport data in Belgium. iRail can be summarised in three parts: Support digital creativity concerning mobility, sustain and aggregate open data to offer an easy-to-use webservice for all third-party applications, and start all sorts of new projects and support them to become a spin-off.

Want to help to simplify taking the public transport? Help out commuters? Then contact us.

OpenStreetMap Belgium
Map the world in an open way

OSM Belgium
Open Street Map is an international project that wants to map the entire world and provide its data to reusers. Simply put, everyone can put their info on the map. In that way, an up-to-date and accurate map is created. Open Street Map Belgium coordinates this mapping community in Belgium and organises mapping, editing as well as reuse events.

Why not map your neighbourhood? Share the knowledge you have about your environment. Join us.

Open Access Belgium
Pushing forward the accessibility of scientific publications in Belgium

Open Access Belgium
Open Access wants to make results of publicly funded research freely available online, so that those results do not have to be bought (back) from the publishers by the scientific and scholarly institutions. Open Access Belgium is the Belgian chapter. In an ideal world, Open Access is not just limited to ‘accessible without cost’, but additional rights are granted too, such as the right to re-use and redistribute.

Want to help out? Want to learn more about Open Access? Mail us.

Open Tourism
Supporting digital creativitiy in tourism

Open Tourism
This working group supports digital creativity concerning tourism and hosts an “Open Standard for Tourism” Vocabulary, which is a reusable Ontology for describing tourism data. The vocabulary can support you to develop new open websites and mobile applications in the domain of tourism. Also, other sectors, like the heritage and museum sector, can benefit from the same approach.

Want to help to simplify travelling? Help out commuters? Then contact us.

Open Recognition Belgium
Towards a universal open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning achievements

Open Recognition Belgium
This working group wants to help spread Open Recognition in Belgium by not only addressing the skill gap but also the recognition gap. We want to create an open space for the delivery and recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning, as a key enabler for the promotion of social inclusion, employability and mobility of the world’s citizens. We use Open Badges & BitofTrust as visual tokens of achievement, affiliation, authorization, or other trust relationship sharable across the web.

Want to find out more or help out? Contact, support or why not join us through the links below.


W4P - Crowdsourcing open innovation
An open crowdsourcing platform for open and social innovation projects

W4P is a collaboration between Open Knowledge Belgium and iDROPS and supported by the EU and the CHESTproject. This Open Source platform will enable cities, foundations and community groups to setup a lightweight crowdsourcing platform for projects that seek financial aid, coaching, volunteers or materials.

Unify Belgian datasets

DCAT provides context or metadata for datasets. By using DCAT, others can easily find and search across all the datasets published in Belgium in a unified way. The DCAT-BE standard is from the DCAT-AP standard, the European standard. DCAT-BE extends DCAT-AP by adding a theme taxonomy for Belgium.

The DataTank
Transforming data formats into web readable formats

The Datatank
The DataTank is a tool which publishes data to the Web from a series of formats. The tool is maintained as an open source project within Open Knowledge Belgium and is thus open source software.

You can help lifting The DataTank to the next level, by joining our user group of enthusiasts who meets regularly to determine the next priorities of The DataTank development. Contact us in one of the following ways.

Letting youngsters discover Open Data through interactive video

This project is being developed as we speak. Bottom line? How can we get youngsters to learn more about Open Data in a fun and accessible way. We chose to bring our message through interactive video, as young adults tend to be visual types. Datawijs will contain several videos about Open Data, its history, and more importantly its future and how the youngsters themselves can work with it. Starting out with definitions about Open Data, to ultimately end up creating a first application of visualisation based on existing open datasets.

Apps for Europe
Turning data into business

Apps for Europe
Apps for Europe is a support network that provides tools to transform ideas for data based apps into viable businesses. It brings a powerful European network of individuals and organisations who have been involved in open data programmes and in supporting promising ideas to help ideas to scale.

Combining social, location and mobile platforms/services

Combining social, location and mobile platforms/services is an interesting business opportunity. People often hold back to use these services to the fullest, out of fear for their privacy. SoLoMIDEM delivers targeted and context-rich communication, while it ensures control over your mobile identity and privacy, doesn't harm your confidence and allows a variety of 3rd parties an efficient way to benefit and hook up to such platforms.


Civic Labs Belgium
A meeting place where people meet to work on open projects

Civic Labs Belgium is an action-oriented group for those who are interested in open data and civic innovation. The purpose of Civic Labs Belgium is to create open solutions for local communities, mainly through technology. Right now we have a biweekly gathering in Brussels.
Do you want to join our biweekly Civic Hack night? Sign up here. <!---->

Open Summer of code
A programme where students develop open source apps, goods and services

Open Summer of code, or #oSoc, is a three week programme in which students can partcipate. Every year, 25 students get the opportunity to create an app or service for a client. On their quest, they're accompanied by talented coaches and work all over Belgium. Goal of this all? Create something valuable for their client and learn a thing or two about Open Knowledge.

Want to participate as a student or want to hire a team of students as a client? Open Summer of code is incredible project. Check out our website.

Open Belgium
Open Belgium is a community driven news platform and annual conference on Open Knowledge in Belgium hosted by Open Knowledge Belgium

Open Belgium
Open Belgium is a platform where try to bring together the community and acknowledge their efforts in bringing us closer to a more open Belgium by organising events across the country. Open Belgium has a yearly conference to give an idea of the state of play in different Open Knowledge domains in Belgium.

Volunteering? We can always use people with keen organisational skills as well as helping hands during the events. Crazy about communication and event management? Contact us.