[okfn-be] Idea for Open Belgium 2015 - data portal for Namur

Mathias Van Compernolle Mathias.VanCompernolle at UGent.be
Wed Nov 19 15:42:12 UTC 2014

Hi Pieter,
In Wallonia, I previously worked together with Pascal Keiser (not Namur, but mostly active in Mons (MIC Mons). He is higly involved with Mons 2015<http://www.mons2015.eu/fr>, when Mons is the Cultural Capital of Europe. (Mons 2015 has a digital focus). One of his plans was to create a mobile café where people can meet, with a focus on digital social innovation. The plan was to enroll this Café Europe Concept in other big Walloon cities as well in 2015. Collaboration should be possible!
Via Pascal I’ve had a few encounters with Cengiz Bingol, advisor of Rudy Demotte. Although active in Tournai, I think he’s able to move things in Namur as well.
You never know – let me know if this could be a direction.

From: okfn-be [mailto:okfn-be-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Philippe Duchesne
Sent: woensdag 19 november 2014 15:53
To: Pieter Colpaert
Cc: okfn-be at lists.okfn.org
Subject: Re: [okfn-be] Idea for Open Belgium 2015 - data portal for Namur

Hi Pieter,

First people coming to my mind are some of the organizers of the KIKK conference (yearly digital creative conf in Namur), who probably have pointers. I'll  try to reach some of them.
Also, the Café Numérique Namur group (www.cafenumerique.org/namur<http://www.cafenumerique.org/namur>).


On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM, Pieter Colpaert <pieter.colpaert at okfn.org<mailto:pieter.colpaert at okfn.org>> wrote:
Hi all,

The 23d of February, we are doing the second edition of the Open Belgium conference, and this time we are doing it in the city of Namur. This causes some difficulties: the main organisation of the conference (Pieter-Jan Pauwels and the session organisers), have no feeling with the city of Namur. What we would like to do however is to make our conference have an impact on the ville de Namur and make sure we all get to know the ville de Namur a little better:

We would like to launch a simple data portal for the ville de Namur and make sure people can start building on top of this API to build useful apps. After the conference, we hope the ville de Namur wants to keep this data portal online and take over the maintenance of the website.

Some questions to you:
 * Are there people who actually do know people at the ville de Namur and can bring us in touch with people concerning e.g., digital innovation, smart cities, e-government, data/information management, geo strategy... ?
 * Do you have a dataset (e.g., trash pick-up schedule, bus stops, statistics, etc) about the ville de Namur? Do you want to contribute it to the portal? It's easy: provide us with a CSV, XML or JSON file (if the data is in a PDF, you can also contribute by extracting the data from the PDF and delivering a CSV!)
 * Does someone want to contribute with code? We could organise a hackathon to hack together an even nicer looking data portal for the ville de Namur in Namur somewhere in December/January and launch it at the conference.

Oh yes, if you would have an idea yourself for the conference, please do reply! We will launch the website next week, so more information coming soon :)

Kind regards,



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