Back in July, Belgium celebrated the green light for the federal Open Data strategy.

You can now see a summary of the policies involved in this big step towards making the national administration leaner and more efficient.These are some of the crucial highlights: State-owned companies are included: the same strategy applies to e.g., Proximus, bpost or the Belgian railway company SNCB/NMBS. “Comply or explain”: all datasets and finalised documents have to be opened up by default. When something is kept private or is available under a non-open license, the data owner is obliged to provide an explanation. 

The default license is CC0 or licenses with no restrictions. This license has proven in the past to be the best open data license. More information on using CC0 for open data here. Data should be provided in a machine-readable fashion. This is great news for app developers, yet it’s even more exciting for developers of machines that automatically discover datasets and are able to reuse datasets without human intervention. All government services will have to appoint an open data champion as a contact point for the datasets within that organisation.

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By Gabriela Fernández Scala