Open Knowledge Belgium wants to open up knowledge in Belgium and see it used and useful.


Open Knowledge Belgium is a not for profit organisation (vzw/asbl) ran by a board of 6 people and has currently 1 employee. It is an umbrella organisation for Open Knowledge in Belgium and, as mentioned below, contains different working groups of people working around various projects.

If you would like to have your activities under our wing, please contact us at our mailinglist.


open Summer of code

open Summer of code logo

Open Summer of code is a 3 week programme for students during the summer of 2014. The goal: provide 20 to 25 Belgian based students the training, network and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services.

Creative Commons Belgium

creative commons Belgium logo

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.

The DataTank

The DataTank

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

iRail & Open Transport

Opening up Transport data

iRail is a working group at Open Knowledge Belgium, which creates interfaces for developers who want to use transport data in Belgium. The working Group stimulates the reuse of this data in plenty of apps and it creates it own website at iRail.be.

Open Belgium

Open Belgium is a community of ambassadors who want to push forward “open” in a certain domain in Belgium. It is also a yearly conference which in 2015 will be organised in Namur.

Open Street Map Belgium

Open Street Map Belgium

Open Street Map is an international project that wants to map the entire world and provide its data to reusers. Open Street Map Belgium coordinates this mapping community and organises mapping, editing as well as reuse events.

The local Open Data census

More information coming soon. If you are interested in helping out creating a ranking of Open Cities, get in touch with us on our mailing list.

From our Blog

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The DataTank: New version, professional support.

The DataTank is taking it to the next level. New version. Professional support. The DataTank is open source software, just like CKAN, Drupal or Elastic Search, which you can use to transform a dataset into an HTTP API. The DataTank has come a long way, since the idea was conceived by Bart van Loon in […]

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Data Days – The Hackathon

We have already sent out a Save The Date for Open Belgium, the conference part of Data Days 2014 in Ghent the 17th of February. As part of Data Days (#dd2014), we are also inviting project developers to compete in a hackathon. This is not what you’re used to though… The stakes are high! We […]

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OSM Belgium joins OKFN Belgium

The Open Street Map Belgium (OSM Belgium) community is joining the Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium (OKFN Belgium) umbrella. As OSM is now a working group at OKFN Belgium, Ben Abelshausen is joining the board of directors of OKFN Belgium – officially after the next general assembly in February 2014 – to help represent the Open […]

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