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Catherine is the new chief executive officer of Open Knowledge International. She represented Scotland at the European Parliament since 1999 but stood down as MEP on January 31st.
Catherine is the new chief executive officer of Open Knowledge International. She represented Scotland at the European Parliament since 1999 but stood down as MEP on January 31st.
Saskia Van Uffelen is a Belgian business woman, active in the ICT field, and involved in activities related to the skills impact of digital transformation. Her public interventions focus on embracing the digital and organisational change whilst putting the human factor in the centre. She started her career in the IT sector in 1984, held several roles in IT companies (Xerox, Compaq, HP and Arinso), became CEO of Bull & CSB Consulting in 2008, and was CEO of Ericsson Belux between 2014 and 2018. In 2012, as part of the European DigitalChampions initiative, she was nominated by Belgium and became part of the Digital Champion expert Group.
Arnaud Wattiez is Systems & Digital Innovation Manager for the Marketing & Sales Direction of SNCB. He has 15 years of experience working in complex IT environments across Belgium and Western Europe, both in public and private sectors (IBM Global Services & SW Group, Syntigo, Infrabel). He joined the Marketing & Sales Direction of SNCB in 2015 to lead the Digital Transformation of SNCB. Aged 42, he has a Master in Science Engineering and a Master in Business Administration. He is married with 2 children.
Alison has been working in the European Commission since 1999, and currently heads the Skills and Qualifications Unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Her team is working with Member States, social partners and other stakeholders to improve skills development and skills intelligence for better career choices, and to make skills and qualifications more visible and comparable. Her previous work in the Commission includes both policy and funds management in vocational education and training, adult learning, and school education. Most recently she was closely involved with developing the New Skills Agenda for Europe and the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at IDLab, Ghent University – imec and a technology advocate for Inrupt and the Solid ecosystem of apps that let you keep your own data. He aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs. Through the creation of Linked Data Fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query execution at Web-scale. He has co-authored two books on Linked Data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on Web-related topics.
Tom Zijlstra is founding partner of The Green Land European open data consultancy, senior expert with the World Bank, and chairman of the Dutch NGO Open State Foundation.
Nikolaos Loutas is the director of PwC Belgium, who has years of expertise in Open Data. Nikolaos has been involved in different projects on a strategic and tactical level, and is an advocate for Open Data throughout Europe. He mainly works for public sector agencies, both on the European level, as well as the national and regional level.
Bert Jehoul is a Board member of Open Knowledge Belgium and lead of the Open Badges working group. He is also a member of the International Open Recognition Alliance. He helped initiating the Be Badges platform at Selor (Selection Office for the Belgian Government), supports the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration and was coach of the Bskilled & Gentlestudent projects during Open Summer of Code 2018. Bert has a background in Psychology and Psychometrics and is an enthusiastic user of the statistical software R.
Vincent has over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources/Personnel and Organization. Currently, he works as Poolstok’s Managing Director. Poolstok’s team of twenty-one delivers HR products to + 360 clients (Flemish public sector) by partnering with + 50 private companies. Previously, he was the Product & Innovation manager at Selor, where he put Selor’s product & innovation strategy into practice. In 2015 he co-founded Be Badges with Bert Jehoul, an online platform for increasing talent mobility, based on Mozilla’s Open Badges technology (the first of its kind in Belgium). Be Badges won the Innovation award at the 2016 E-gov awards.
Ivonne is an Open Data enthusiast and currently the Strategic Advisor Technology and Society the Province of Zuid-Holland. Next to that, she is a Board member at Codefornl and was Head of Programme at Waag. She believes in a society where technology is democratized in such a way that it enables us to be more informed, involved and empowered; so we can improve our own quality of life and take control of our own environment.
Sien is currently working a as Digital Transformation Lead for the Marketing & Mobility Direction of De Lijn. Her goal is to offer a relevant, personalized and multimodal Mobility as a Service for the customer, in strengthening its partnerships with PTO’s, bikesharing, carsharing, … services and MaaS offerings. She has more than 20 years of experience in different environments, academic as well as transport sector, innovating business with digital technologies and platforms.
Founding member & President of Reconnaître & the Open Recognition Alliance, Serge Ravet spent most of his professional life exploring the contribution of digital technologies to the empowerment of individuals and communities and their impact on educational and social innovation. The issue of recognition is at the heart of a work that led him exploring through numerous international projects the potential of portfolios, ePortfolios and Open Badges, but also the issues related to digital identity and trust.
As Co-Founder and CTO of OpenDataSoft, David is sustaining the development of a new generation of data exchange platforms, bringing into OpenDataSoft's customers IT portfolio the flexibility of cloud-based infrastructures and the power of big data technology to better exploit their data assets.
An De Coen is a senior researcher at IDEA Consult in the field of Labour Market and Socio-Economic Policy. After obtaining her Degree in Business Engineering at the KU Leuven in 2006, she obtained a PhD in Applied Economics in November 2012. In 2012, she joined IDEA Consult. Her main research interests focus on active labour market policies and factors contributing to individuals’ employability, like training and education.
Inge is coordinator scholarly communication at Ghent University library. She has a special interest in open science, information literacy, research support and copyright. She is not only a contact point and liaison within the university for these topics but is engaged in several regional and international expert groups on open science. She is also involved in the European project OpenAIRE, Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe.
Bart Rosseau is the Chief Data Officer of the city Ghent. He strongly believes in a global approach to use ICT as leverage for organisational and policy innovation, including open data, Linked Open Data, Standardisation, but most of all, Common Sense.
Maarten Lambrechts is a freelance data journalist and visualisation consultant. He tries to tell stories hidden in data with static and interactive charts and maps and helps organisations with the communication of their data.
Raf Buyle is involved in strategic e-Government projects for local and regional governments since 2002. As an Information Architect at the Flanders Information Agency, Raf tries to implement solutions for a more rational and more interoperable e-government. Raf also is a board member of Open Knowledge Belgium, promoting Open Tourism Data. In the Flemish Steering Committee for Information and ICT-policy Raf Chairs the working group on Open Data Standards.
Nils is the coordinator of the Smart Flanders programme that supports the 13 centre cities in Flanders and the VGC in Brussels with opening up data. He has been at imec-SMIT-VUB since 2007, right after obtaining a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences from the VUB. In 2016, he obtained a PhD, with a doctoral thesis on the role of mobile applications in creating public value in Smart Cities. Today, he is responsible for projects related to Smart Cities and Open Data.
Mathias joined imec-mict-UGent in 2013. He holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Master Degree in Public Administration. He is currently working on his PhD concerning open data and e-government within smart cities. He functions as Policy and Methodology Lead at Smart Flanders. As an open data enthusiast at the board of Open Knowledge Belgium he follows up open data policies in Belgium. Next to this he lecturers politics and organizations studies at Artevelde University College
Christel Van Keer works at the Flemish Government as a legal advisor. In that role she takes initiatives to enhance the quality and usability of the legislative process and texts and she is also involved in the establishment of the codex, the digital and linked publication of the Flemish legislation.
Thibault Jonckheere is a Corporate Innovation Expert within the Strategy & Innovation department of the STIB-MIVB. He manages, among other, European projects in various fields.Previously he was conducting innovation projects at Proximus and he started his career at IBM and Hewlett Packard.
Thomas Hermine holds a Master in Corporate Communication from Unitersité Libre de Bruxelles. After that he found his passion for mobility and founded nextmoov, the first digital agency dedicated to mobility. In this manner, he successfully intends to be the missing link between Marketing and IT people. Thomas is a web and iOS developer who is able to write HTML, CSS, JS, Rails, Swift and Objective C, who loves to share his knowledge by speaking in front of an audience.
Bart Hanssens is an Interoperability Expert working for the FPS BOSA - DG Digital Transformation, the maintainer of the federal open data portal data.gov.be, member of the federal Open Data Task Force, and the Belgian representative to the EU Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation. He is a long-time user of - an contributor to - open standards, open source and open data.
Leen Van Campe graduated at KU Leuven as MA in Latin and Greek, after which she obtained a PhD in ancient Greek philosophy and a postgraduate degree in web development. In 2011 she took the position of functional analyst in the FRIS-team of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI). Her main focus was to construct the right enterprise architecture and to create a solid foundation for the FRIS IT-infrastructure and the digitized business processes. Since 2016 she is overseeing the successful delivery of all activities associated with FRIS as program manager.
Dimi is a Bulgarian political scientist who currently works as Free Knowledge Ambassador of the Wikimedia Movement to the EU. He is based in Brussels where his major focus is to „fix copyright”.
Jonathan is a developer with a 15+ years of experience in web developing and GIS (Geographic Information System). Even though, he joined the “open-source” movement rather late, he’s now using, developing and promoting open-source solutions and open-data in the company he works for, to his customers (private and governmental) but also more widely by joining OpenStreetMap Belgium and Open Knowledge Belgium communities. In 2017, he became one of the board members of OpenStreetMap Belgium.
Miet helps companies build lovable products, and connect with their clients by designing delightful experiences. The thriving force behind Miet is 'sharing is caring' — whether it's knowledge, data, design, code or food. She believes this is the only way people can run a sustainable company.
Johan Delauré is part of the redpencil team with mission to develop and implement distributed data management solutions. He is involved in developing large scale applications natively working on linked data. He holds more than 20 years of experience in projects for designing, building and implementing data processing solutions creating new end-user services.
Alvin works since 2010 at the Flemish government services in different ICT roles. As responsible for ICT at the Chancellery, he is now also leading the project to innovate the supporting digital platform of the Flemish Government: the platform to support the weekly council of Ministers. The innovation builds on the principles of (reusing and enabling) linked data and reusing open source software components.
Pieter-Jan is the Innovation lead at Digipolis Gent. He believes technology is the answer, but what was the question? He is a social worker with a heart for communication and a brain for civic technology. Trying to bring both aspects together in a sustainable way through the different open communities. If you have questions about foresight, civic innovation, open data or open knowledge, Pieter-Jan is always up for a coffee.
Works at imec - Ghent University, volunteers at Open Knowledge Belgium and the iRail project. His research is on publishing transport data for maximum reuse.
Ben Abelshausen is known in Open Knowledge Belgium as the lead of the OpenStreetMap Belgium working group, member of the board and 'crazy about mapping'. His day job is all about route planning and optimization and the open-source route planning project Itinero. He also co-founded Anyways that specializes in the areas of mobility, route planning and open-data.
Gĳs Hillenius is the open source expert for the European Commission's Open Source Observatory & Repository. In addition, he is an advisor on the renewal of the Open Source Strategy of the European Commission.
Boris is working on growing an ecosystem of open and ethical digital policy and software for cities Boris van Hoytema is Open Source advisor at the City of Amsterdam, Commissioner Developers for Code For NL and Director of the Foundation For Public Code.
Katrien De Smet is Project Manager “Local Decisions as Linked Open Data” at the Agency for Local and Provincial Government.
Giannis Konstantinidis is a Mozilla Tech Speaker who advocates for data privacy and open technologies and standards. He has been part of multiple free and open-source software communities incl. Mozilla and the Fedora Project, entrusted with several leadership responsibilities. Meanwhile, Giannis is finishing his MEng at the University of the Aegean.
John Dann is the Director of the Official Journal of Luxembourg at the Ministry of State in charge of publishing and disseminating Luxembourg‘s legislation through the http://legilux.public.lu portal. He has been active with legislation on the Internet since 2005. He is also Luxembourg’s correspondent for the European Council Working Party on “e-Law (e-Justice)” and Chair of the “ELI Task Force” of the EU Council on the implementation of the “European Legislation Identifier” (ELI). He is interested in semantic web technologies and open/linked legislative data for improving citizens’ access to open and transparent legislation and reuse.
Maité is passionate about social entrepreneurship, she explored this model during three years in South Africa within an incubator for impact enterprises. She is now working on making the web a better place by coordinating HackYourFuture Belgium: the coding school for refugees in Belgium based on open source content.
Joost Schouppe is crazy about mapping. He started contributing to OpenStreetMap in 2012, is a cofounder and board member of OpenStreetMap Belgium and a Board member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. He is a social scientist working on local statistics. He's the data manager of Provincies.incijfers.be, a joint project of the five Flemish provinces.
Ziggy has been working for the Flemish Government since 2003. For many years Ziggy was product manager of the spatial address registry project, the Roads registry and the buildings registry project. Today Ziggy is the programme manager of the authentic information sources programme at the Flanders Information Agency. In the Flemish Steering Committee for Information and ICT-policy Ziggy chairs the working group on authentic data sources.
Eveline joined the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (imec-mict-UGent) after obtaining a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management in 2017. She is involved in projects related to interoperability and standardization.
Alina Saenko studied archive management at Vrije Universiteit Brussels and cultural management at the University of Antwerp. Within PACKED, center of expertise for digital heritage, she currently works on projects around open cultural data, persistent identification and Wikimedia platforms.
Olivier studied Art History at UGent followed by a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies (KASK/Ugent). He currently works at PACKED - Center of expertise for digital heritage on open cultural data publication with the Wikimedia community. In the past months he aided the King Baudouin Foundation in publicising their collection(s) as Linked Open Data via Wikidata. In March he’ll be working on the Wikimedia Pilot: Structured Data on Commons, focussing on the legacy of Wolfers.
Gregory De Backer is the Program Manager of Cognizone, a scale-up in the domain of Data Governance, Data Processing and Data Publishing, applying Semantic Technologies and Linked Open Data. Throughout his career Gregory has been involved in multinational projects, including ESCO, the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) taxonomy and the new Europass2 platform. Gregory holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the KU Leuven and his interests include Semantic Web Technologies, Linked Open Data and Knowledge Management.
Since 2016 Jochem is involved in the use of open data as a tool to find solutions for societal problems. He encourages local governments to work outside-in and use open data as a tool for new interactions between government, citizens and other stakeholders. His goal is always to enable people to make better choices.
Since 2009 Frank is using Open Data as an enabler for a more open government, which allows better policy and stronger networks of stakeholders. Working with municipal, regional and national governmental bodies, Frank quickly knows how to strike the right chords to create movement. To him, Open Data is about people, their mindset and their actions.
Pieter Vander Vennet studied informatics at Ghent university. After graduating, he became interested in open street map. Now, he's working full time on Open Source and Open Data applications and is one of the developers of the OpenPlanner-project.
There is no cure for Evelien’s curiosity in the field of educational development. She’s somehow always looking into aspects such as blended learning, gamification, instructional design and coaching in higher education. Currently she is mostly engaged in the co-creation of the new curriculum of the BSc in Nursing. One of het projects now is to visualise students’ learning trajectories through Open Pathways to trigger conversations about their individual progress.
Gwen has a master's degree in European Union Studies at Ghent University and is currently the Open Access Programme Coordinator for EIFL. She has lead the project for the OpenAIRE FP7 Post Grant Open Access on behalf of LIBER and is the former Regional Coordinator of Europe for Creative Commons. In addition to that, she is the Co-founder of Open Access Belgium on behalf of Ghent University Library, a Board member of Open Knowledge Belgium and team leader for Creative Commons Belgium.
Michiel is a Developer at Open Knowledge Belgium. He uses his development skills to inspire people to build open source tools that provide knowledge for the many, and not for the few. Michiel works with Open Knowledge Belgium and HackYourFuture, where he shares his love for open data.
Dries works as an educational developer and is involved in interdisciplinary innovative projects such as the co-creation of study materials via open source technologies, blended learning, the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment and virtual reality. Currently Dries is also working on the integration of beacon technology and gamification in smart cities, using Open Badges to recognize informal learning.
Hugh Prior is an experienced software developer (mostly Drupal nowadays) and a linguist (speaking English, French, Dutch, Polish and Thai). As a software developer he has worked for many well-known names including IBM, Belgacom, SONY, BNP Paribas, and the European Commission. As a linguist he has trained and worked with SIL, the world's leading authority on languages. He is the founder of Lingopolo, language-teaching website, which he hopes to change the world of language-learning.
His focus is at the international growth of the air quality sensor network luftdaten.info, it’s links to other sensor networks, clean air initiatives, communities and state institutions. He leads the coordination in terms of international exchange and combined efforts of these partners. He add his knowledge from the profession as a mechatronic (BOSCH), Production- & Supply Chain Engineer at European School of Business (ESB) and Blockchain community organizer at PositiveBlockchain.io.
Erika studied Civil Engineering in Computer Sciences specializing in Distributed Systems. In 2014 she co-created mu.semte.ch where she is still a core-team member. She has worked as developer and architect on several projects, in industry and research, to extract and publish (linked) open data. She co-founded redpencil.io last year providing vision and guidance in distributed information sharing.
Daniel Leufer has a PhD in Philosophy from KU Leuven. With one foot in philosophy, and the other in the tech industry, Daniel aims to take philosophical debate about technology to the public.
Wim is a business IT consultant with in depth knowledge of supply chain business, particularly in the Port of Antwerp. He uses his knowledge and expertise on IT solution architecture and strategy, and is specialised in enterprise integration and data exchange in a community. In addition to that, he has a keen interest in applied data analytics, process analytics, big data applications and artificial intelligence.
This paper was prepared by some of the members of the KU Leuven Research Data Management Support desk, more particularly by metadata librarian Sara Decoster, data experts Thomas Vandendriessche and Tom Willaert, LIBIS innovation manager Roxanne Wyns, policy officer Hannelore Vanhaverbeke and the head of the Artes library, Demmy Verbeke. The speaker is Sara Decoster. She obtained a PhD in Languages and literature and before joining KU Leuven libraries, she worked at Academia Belgica and Liège University.
As a manager at PwC's Technology Consulting team, Brecht provides advice on digital transformation to major players in the financial and public sectors. He is mainly involved as expert or project manager in projects related to Data & Analytics with a focus on data governance and management, Digital transformation and Interoperability & semantic web solutions. Brecht obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering with a specialization in Business & Technology at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.
Sam Donvil studied archaeology and culture and development studies at K.U. Leuven university. In the past he worked at the Open Access department of the K.U Leuven university library and currently works at PACKED - center of expertise for digital heritage on open cultural data publication and crowdsourcing projects with the Wikimedia community. Next to that, he is involved in the annual museum-hackathon Museomix.
Nicolas Noé is a freelance developer and an IT expert for the Belgian Biodiversity Platform who's generally busy hacking and creating stuff for the common good or just for fun.
Anthony Di Franco works at the intersections of complex adaptive systems, and focuses on democratizing access to technology, decentralizing infrastructure, and increasing the agency of individuals and communities. He is a board member of Counter Culture Labs, a group of biohackers in Oakland, where he founded the Open Insulin project, an effort to develop an open source protocol for insulin production at microbrewery scale and organize patient-led cooperatives to manufacture it. Currently, he is pursuing computer science research on foundational technology to make software easy to create and modify for laypeople.
David Cuenca Tudela holds a master’s degree in robotics, and another one in project management. His professional career has developed in the field of collaboration and integration between software, hardware, and humans for private companies in Germany, Switzerland, Canada and Belgium. His career as a Wikimedia volunteer started in 2004 editing Wikipedia, and later Wikisource, a digital library of works in the public domain or with a free license. Since 2012, David is an active member of Wikidata, where he is a Property Creator, develops internal policies, and supports the involvement of interested organizations.
Aad studied Civil Engineering in Computer Sciences with a focus on Databases and Linked Data. In 2014 he co-created mu.semte.ch where he is still a core-team member. Aad was involved in various data-driven startups, is involved in Open Source communities, pushed Linked Data as Innovation Manager, gives occasional guest lectures, guides companies in IT transition, and co-founded redpencil.io last year providing vision and guidance in distributed information sharing.
Dimitri Brosens is the Biodiversity Data Liaison Manager from the Belgian Biodiversity Platform in the Flemish Research Institute for Nature and Forest since early 2009. The ultimate goal of Dimitri is to get Belgium on the world map of biodiversity data. He has a particular interest in the publication, standardization and interoperability of biodiversity datasets. Dimitri is part of the Open Data Research Lab at INBO, implementing open science compliant workflows in research activities.The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is the Belgian GBIF node.