Finding open data for the Netherlands

Open data is  becoming increasingly important and there are considerable advantages, such as accountability, cost and time savings for users, easier knowledge sharing and increased efficiency in public services.

The importance of open data is more and more recognized (see e.g., this blog article (in Dutch) and this and this report). However, to bank on such advantages, there is a need to increase awareness about open data and make it easy to find and use the open data.  Continue reading “Finding open data for the Netherlands”


Importance of spatial data accuracy – of protected areas

Geographic information systems (GIS) tool are becoming increasingly important in conservation and natural resource management planning and implementation. The good news is that it is also getting easier to find relevant and freely available (spatial) data sets online. However, we also need to be careful in evaluating the accuracy and reliability of these data sets, as illustrated by an article I came across today. Continue reading “Importance of spatial data accuracy – of protected areas”

Online data sources: Harvest choice

One example of of spatial data on the web every week… this week Harvest choice

Harvest Choice

Description: Harvest Choice is a collaboration between various partners that aim to build decision support databases, analytical tools, and knowledge delivery mechanisms to promote evidence-based decisions regarding agricultural investment and intervention options. It does this by providing information on a list of crop and livestock commodities. Continue reading “Online data sources: Harvest choice”

Online data sources: the Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development

Data source of the week

There is a wealth of information on e.g., land use, climate and species available online. But you need to know where to look. My plan is to highlight one example every week (let’s see if I can keep up with that). You’ll find more examples on

Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development

Description: The e-atlas is a repository of data useful for agriculture research and development in Africa. It provides online, open-access to spatial data and tools that is generated and maintained by a community of research scientists, development analysts, and practitioners working in and for Africa. The e-Atlas highlights the ubiquitous nature of smallholder agriculture in Africa and provides data needed to describe the many factors shaping the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises and the strong interdependencies among farming, natural resource stocks and flows, rural infrastructure, and the well-being of the poor. Continue reading “Online data sources: the Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development”

Spatial datasets on the web

For my work I am spending much time finding spatial data including environmental, administrative and land use coverage data. I started to record links with short description and keywords in a simple table for future references. I tried out two online spreadsheet programs to keep my records; Google docs and Zoho. I decided to stick with the latter former because it allows me to publish tables on my webpage with filters and column sorting (edit: I switched from Zoho to Google docs, mostly because I am using Google Docs for other projects and rather keep my documents in one place). Continue reading “Spatial datasets on the web”