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Sander van der Waal
Open Knowledge Foundation, Head of Long Term Projects
Sander van der Waal is Head of Long Term Projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation. Overseeing many of the grant funded projects the OKF is involved with, Sander ensures any funded project will benefit maximally from cross-fertilization with other related initiatives across the wider international Open Knowledge Foundation community. Sander has a strong background in the open source world, having advised academic projects on open source software development at OSS Watch, based at the University of Oxford. He is a committer and contributor to the Apache Software Foundation and co-organised several big and smaller open source events.
A one-stop shop for Open Government Data: publicdata.eu improved with social features and more linked data sets
publicdata.eu aggregates an increasing number of data catalogues from throughout the European Union. As part of the LOD2 project, the Open Knowledge Foundation is working with representatives of local, regional and national open data catalogues to have their datasets represented in this single portal. This presentation will showcase many recent improvements on publicdata.eu, such as personalisation features, allowing you to ‘follow’ particular datasets, groups, and users. The number of linked data sets has also significantly been increased, by adding the ability to convert CSV to RDF datasets and allow users to specify the mappings to the right ontologies