Posted: January 3rd, 2011 | Author: alper | Filed under: Events, Publications | Tags: Avond van de Zelfcensuur, Dutchproblogger, Ernst-Jan Pfauth, Google App Engine, open data, open government | 2 Comments »
This opinion (in Dutch) by Ernst-Jan Pfauth about how bloggers and other people online can help make the government more transparent is in line with most current thinking on open data. It is good that message is being spread wide and far by influential people in different spheres.
Some projects we have been involved on in the past (Vervuilingsalarm, Schoolvinder) are even name checked by Ernst-Jan which is very nice except for one thing: these are prototypes we slapped together some years ago, in less than a day with minimal support AND these are still the best examples we have in the Netherlands of proper open data projects? It’s a testament to Google App Engine that these are still running and it’s a testament to the climate towards these kind of projects in the Netherlands that they have found little to no backing.
We are running into this problem when we are promoting open data in the Netherlands. It’s difficult to find sustainable, complete, thriving examples of applications built on open data like there are ample of in the USA and in the UK. So they ask: “Do you have any good examples of apps that will convince us why we should open up the data?” “Well,” we reply, “obviously if you haven’t opened much up yet, there won’t be too many good Dutch examples yet. But look at these from abroad!”
It’s a rather annoying Catch-22 that is used to justify institutional inertia. So yes, the growing mindshare around the subject is good and it’s flattering that the stuff we built is being used as the leading examples, but we will have to do better still. Stay tuned. We’re setting a bunch of stuff in motion that will nudge the status quo forward by a fair amount.
Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: alper | Filed under: PvdA Canvassing | Tags: campaign, Google App Engine, Google Charts API, Google Maps, politics, pvda | 1 Comment »
The PvdA (the Dutch Labour Party) has sent campaigners to canvas neighborhoods and ask inhabitants their opinion on area and the direction of the country.
We imported over 10’000 records collected by volunteers into a map and aggregated results by city and by postal code. This makes it easy to browse through and drill down into the surveyed areas and see what the local issues are.
PvdA Survey Website
Process: “Online campagnes — Canvassen voor de PvdA”
Creator: Alper Cugun
Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: alper | Filed under: Vervuilingsalarm | Tags: environment, Google App Engine, Google Charts API, Google Maps, mapping, Pachube, particulates, scraping, sensor | No Comments »
Vervuilingsalarm is an aggregator of particulate predictions for a series of measuring stations in the Netherlands. The data is scraped, aggregated, plotted and graphed and also sent out to sensor hub Pachube.
Creators: James Burke, Ton Zijlstra, Alper Cugun, Buro Pony
Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: alper | Filed under: Table Viewer | Tags: ar, Google App Engine, marker, music, music hackday, physical, Processing.js, projection, Python, Quartz Composer, reacTIVision, social, table, Twisted | No Comments »
We want to help ad-hoc groups of people in the same location to compare their music tastes and see where the overlaps and where the holes are. The table is a turn-taking jukebox with tangible interactions and nice visuals for its users and spectators.
Attention: First prize by last.fm (tweet) on Amsterdam Music Hackday 2010
Process: “Table Viewer for Music Hackday”
Creators: Alexander Zeh, Alper Cugun, Dirk van Oosterbosch