Kaggle Datasets: collaborative open data

Dan Fowler over at the OKFN frictionless data chat posted a link to an interesting initiative: Kaggle Datasets. Kaggle is a platform for learning about, teaching and collaborating on all things machine learning. Users upload data, write and share analysis/visualisation algorithms (called kernels) and participate in challenges. Members are encouraged to share their code with others and […]

Carefree and social open data hacking

N.B. This blog post was written for the Hacking for Sustainability Challenge. It outlines the measures we took and the tech we deployed to ensure #carefreehacking for the participants such as thorough data preparation and numerous open feedback channels.  Hacking for Sustainability streeft naar #carelesshacking: we willen we je zoveel mogelijk helpen om snel en […]

“The UK Government Digital Service is dead”

N.B. This blog post has turned into an archive for post-GDS analyses. I’ll add more articles as I encounter them on the web. David Eaves describes on Medium how and why the British Government Digital Service met its (in practical terms) demise. GDS represented a centralization of IT control, and the departments — for whom GDS frequently found savings […]

Participatory urban planning with Minecraft

In my research I’m looking for ways in which geographical information science and technologies can help citizens to more effectively participate in urban planning processes. The holy grail of participative urban design is allowing citizens to co-design urban interventions in 3D game-like environments. Designing cities in 3D is becoming fairly trivial; an ever-increasing number of […]


tl;dr I made a map that shows all Bulgarian OpenStreetMap buildings that sit within Bulgarian nature areas. Bulgaria is a beautiful country brimful with amazing nature: it has great mountains to hike, expansive plains with cute villages and cosy towns to visit and a beautiful Black Sea coast fit for relaxing in the sun. I’ve […]