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WebVR Authoring: opportunities and challenges - Call for Participation to W3C Workshop #digityser

W3C Workshop on WebVR Authoring: Opportunities and Challenges

December 5-7, Brussels, Belgium @DigitYser

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The Brussels Civic Data Hack: Episode 1 #civictech #digityser #dataviz

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The Brussels Civic Data Hack: Episode 1


Like nearly everywhere in Europe, Belgium is undergoing a crisis of trust between citizens and their legitimate institutions. Brussels and Wallonia, in particular, are having a bad year.
Scandals, corruption, lack of ability for the political parties to clean up their rank is pushing toward a narrative where the whole PS is corrupt for example, when in fact depending on the scandal, take for instance, CDH and MR are part of this system, even though PS is taking most of the heat thanks to the fact that it was in power in the last 25 years or so.

What if we could precisely visualise the data and spot possible conflict interests between institutions, public services, private business and political parties ?

What if we could explain the problem of the accumulation of mandates and their possible conflict of interest through some state of the art visualisation that can help anyone, without any related skill to form his own opinion on these issues ?

We believe we, ordinary citizens, can help. We wish to help by using data, open data in particular, to investigate problems for ourselves, and share our results with our fellow citizens so that they can used to draw factual stories about these scandals allowing citizens to have a better perception of the issues at stake hence able to make better choice in the next electoral round (2018-2019).


We wish to organise a small event called a civic hackathon. Everybody interested in a civic use of data and data science is welcome, without exception and with no skill requirements. It’s about gathering under one roof to work with data with a civic purpose in mind. It could be anything: applications tracking parliament activities; crunching and visualisation of societally relevant datasets; dreaming up infographics that would make a complex issue more accessible, and so on.

There is already a open-data movement in Belgium and civil society initiatives like Cumuleo to track mandates and maintain these information in the public sphere. We do not want to reinvent the wheel, so we want to invite you all and see what we can do together.


We envision two steps. In step 1, we gather together for a few hours to hash out some possible projects to develop in the hackathon proper: we make sure each project has the data it needs and a skeletal crew with all the skills to pull it off.

In step 2, two weeks or so later, we take one or two full days to actually develop projects.

The results of the different projects are presented to the whole group at the end of step 2. All code is released as open source. Processed data are published as open data wherever the license of the primary data allows it.


Absolutely everyone is welcome. All you need to take part in a civic hackathon is a passion for all things civic. Every skill is needed. Among them (but there are others) are: software development, statistics, math, journalism, law, design, communication, storytelling. Female and minority participants (however you want to define “minority”) are particularly welcome.

We are Ricardoand Alberto. We commit to working the hardest, but welcome any help anyone can offer.



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Want to understand Belgium’s complicated politics and scandals? Let’s look at Africa. #samusocial #publifin

Brussels is especially complex. It is the only place in Belgium where French- and Dutch-speaking communities live together, and is governed by a maze of political institutions. It has a parliament and government; 19 autonomous borough assemblies; six different police zones; and 33 public housing companies. Together, the Brussels region — with a population of just over 1 million — has 166 ministers, mayors and city councilors. That’s more than Berlin and Paris combined. 

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@MathNguyen c'est un projet purement citoyen, inspiré par "Barcelona en Comu" et le mouvement , bien sûr influencé aussi par l'état des lieux après
le mouvement à pour ambition de créer un parti politique pour Bruxelles et s'inscrire dans la bataille électorale pour 2018 à l'échelle municipale/communale sur Bruxelles. C'est un parti politique qui veut proposer une vision pour Bruxelles au delà des clivages artificiels de la particratie en place, une vision ou la bonne gouvernance, la transparence, l'éthique, la participation citoyenne serait cuisiné et mis en place à l'intérieur du parti et du mouvement politique. Pour l'instant, la charte, la mission, le manifeste, les valeurs, sont en définition/construction, il n'y a donc pour l'instant (c'est vieux d'a peine 1 ou 2 mois) aucune information concrète que je puisse te partager qui répondent à tes questions. c'est un peu le creu de l'été, et même si on pense se voir régulièrement et faire le tour des communes de Bruxelles, tout ceci est encore à l'état de proposition et doit être validée par le mouvement WeBrussels, il s'agit aussi de pondre un nom pour sa branche politique (qui participera aux élections), bref tout est à faire, définir, clarifier et le site doit encore se travailler pour que toutes ces informations soit disponible d'une manière transparente et claire.

En gros c'est un projet en construction qui compte bien peser lors des prochaines élections, bien sûr toute aide est la bienvenue, toute expérience dans ces matières sont les bienvenues, pour ne pas dire capitale à la réussite d'un tel projet.

pour l'instant nous avons un Slack pour se coordonner et collaborer
un Loomio pour prendre des décisions d'une manière transparente et participative :
le site web : (avec l'appel en 3 langues lancé il y a 2 mois)

un groupe facebook parce que c'est inévitable :
une page facebook :
et le compte twitter :

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