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Open Source

Beyond theory: does open source really matter?

January 31, 2017 by Frederic Dubois Who would have thought? When I wrote “You think open source is boring? Think again” in 2004, I never could have dreamt that it would still be relevant twelve years later. Open source is not only alive and kicking, it remains as inspiring as ever. But what are the […]

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Open Data

Open data: think local, act local

November 10, 2016 by Frederic Dubois – The king has decided! 5,000 municipalities are going open data in early 2017. Guess where…– Hmmm.– Let me give you a hint: it’s in Europe…– Hmmm, a king in Europe… Spain?!?– Nope.– France?– Yes, precisely! France might not have a king anymore, but when the central government adopted […]

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Open Data

Open data, a lifeline for journalism?

October 31, 2016 by Frederic Dubois Back in 2006, two journalists from The Guardian wrote the article Give us back our crown jewels, in which they pleaded for the UK government to collect the best data possible and to make it freely available to stimulate innovation. The article made waves and is still today seen […]

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Open Data

Northern Ireland: One year of open data “by default”?

October 13, 2016 by Frederic Dubois Northern Ireland, with an estimated population of just under 2 million, hopped onto the open data bandwagon in 2015. Journalist Frédéric Dubois talked to OpenDataNI’s Cormac McConaghy to find out what has been accomplished since then. Back in January 2015, Northern Ireland’s public sector released an open data strategy […]

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Data Data Visualisation

Escaping ‘data blindness’ with the help of data visualisation

October 6, 2016 by Frederic Dubois Opening data is one thing. Many open knowledge activists out there will cheer when seeing yet another city making some of its public interest information available to the rest of us. There is also reason to cheer, since any new open data release is a step closer to knowing […]