Lokale Besluiten Linked Open Data
A short introduction
Lokale Besluiten als geLinkte Open Data
(Local Decisions as Linked Open Data)
is a project by the Flemish Agency for Local Government
(Agentschap Binnenlands Bestuur - ABB),
launched in 2015 to increase the quality of the data streams between
local administration, the Flemish government, and the public. The aim is
to increase the efficiency of administration and provide better access
to public information.
Redpencil is proud to have helped the Flemish agency for Local Government develop an award-winning new framework for sharing, recording, and publishing the policy decisions of municipalities, provinces, and other local organizations as Linked Open Data
A ‘data first’ application framework
LBLOD is a web of distributed applications working together to create an ecosystem on top of a Linked Open Data platform. Redpencil worked with ABB to create a domain-specific data model and linked data vocabularies. We helped design exchange specifications between over 800 independent parties. We also collaborated with ABB to create an application for finding information about local officeholders (Mandatendatabank). Relevant data is also available through a SPARQL endpoint (Centrale Vindplaats). LBLOD data is published as Linked Open Data for easy integration with third-party applications, web pages, and tools.
Gelinkt Notuleren — Linked minutes
Streamlining processes and data flows is a central part of LBLOD. To
achieve this, Redpencil developed a new semantic word processor.
Gelinkt Notuleren simplifies the process of creating official meeting minutes and documents for local officials. It works in a browser, suggests text, imports links, and data — and automatically semantically annotates, reports, and publishes the decisions.
Gelinkt Notuleren was made public as the Open Source project: Say-editor.
Awards for LBLOD
LBLOD has been repeatedly recognized as a project that improves the efficiency and openness of local governance in Flanders
11 Dec 2020Gold prize Technology
The Publica Awards reward the best public projects and in this way put public actors and their partners in the spotlight.
6 Dec 2019‘Open Data’ category at Agoria e-gov Awards
Agoria is the trade association for the Belgian technology industry
11 Nov 2019Best Large ICT-project
Awarded by Belgian computer magazine DataNews
14 Dec 2018Gouden Byte’ by V-ICT-OR
Awarded for best intergovernmental IT project
LBLOD is an ensemble of many elements that work together in harmony. A true revolution in the way in transformed the way the flemish government handles data.
To ensure a smooth flow of data throughout the project applications we have adapted the Open Source semantic.works microservice framework to the domain of reporting on the decisions at the level of the community council. project.
`Loket voor Lokale Besturen’ is a digital portal for sharing data between the Agentschap Binnenlands Bestuur and the local governments of Flanders.
A cornerstone of LBLOD, ‘Linked Minutes’ is a semantic word processor. When used with official documents related to local governance decision making, it collects and distributes relevant information as structured data. The open source Say-editor is derived from this project.
Data distribution services
Local government data is made available as Linked Open Data through services like Mandatendatabank and Centrale Vindplaats.