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Festive celebration of 10 years of OSLO

OSLO, “Open Standards for Linked Organisations”, existed 10 years, and we want to celebrate. An event not to be missed on Friday 3 June at the Handelsbeurs in Ghent. 

OSLO began in June 2012 as an ambitious idea. The project was launched as a start-up by V-ICT-OR and later continued to grow under the wings of Digital Flanders. Today we count 123 standards and 55 candidates or standards in development. So we have not only grown up, but we are also ready for the challenges ahead. Reason enough to mark this milestone together with you.  

Digital Transformation and Open Standards - the future of OSLO

More and more organisations and companies are (or will be) ‘digitally transformed’. This means that they are not only going to digitise their processes but that they are going to think and act truly digitally. In other words, they not only see technology as a means to implement the business strategy but also as a source of inspiration for re-designing their value proposition. As a result, companies and organisations must anticipate the needs of their customers and will innovate their business strategy with and through technology.

Open standards will play a crucial role in this digital transformation because they can link these three components: masses of data, unlimited connectivity and processing power. OSLO makes this possible. Especially where governments, knowledge institutions and private parties meet. For OSLO, this is an incremental step toward the future.

A festive day full of inspiration not to be missed

In the Handelsbeurs, we bring a series of inspiring lectures and a debate. Sir Tim Berners-Lee joins the event with a message at 10h50. Throughout the day, you will have the unique opportunity to be inspired by Barbara Van Den Haute, Eddy Hartog, Eddy Van der Stock, Steven Latré and Dries Depoorter, among others. Your colourful host is none other than Bart Rosseau.

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Programme - course of the day

Location: Handelsbeurs, Kouter 29, 9000 Ghent

9.00 - 9.30 a.m.


9.30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Keynote - The potential and the ambition to put Flanders on the map as a pioneer in data-tech.

Barbara Van den Haute, Administrator General Digital Flanders Agency

Jan Smedts, Deputy Chief of Cabinet and Minister for Digitalisation Jan Jambon

10:00 - 10:20

Flanders as a global trendsetter in the data economy and the importance of standards.

Prof. Mieke Van Herreweghe, Vice-Rector of the University of Ghent.

10.25 a.m. - 10.50 a.m.

Everything you always wanted to know about OSLO, but never dared to ask.

Eddy Van der Stock - Chairman V-ICT-OR & Raf Buyle - Digital Flanders

10.50 a.m. - 10.55 a.m.

A tipping point in the World Wide Web and the importance of OSLO.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee - the inventor of the web

11:05 - 11:25

OSLO in 2032.

Raf Buyle & Eveline Vlassenroot - Digital Flanders.

11.25 - 11.45 a.m.

Smart Data as a fuel for the European Data Strategy.

Eddy Hartog - Head of Unit Technologies for Smart Communities at European Commission

11.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

The Flemish Dataspace.

Prof. Dr. Pieter Colpaert - imec-IDLab-UGent / Eddy Hartog - European Commission / Hans Constandt - Program Manager Belgian Health Data Authority / Björn De Vidts - Digitaal Vlaanderen/ Eveline Vlassenroot - Digitaal Vlaanderen - “imec-MICT-UGent”

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Networking lunch

13:30 - 13:50

The shift to edge computing and how open standards can give back control to the end user.

Steven Latré leads artificial intelligence research at imec, the R&D hub for nanoelectronics and digital technologies. His main expertise focuses on combining sensor technologies and chip design with AI to provide end-to-end solutions in sectors such as health and smart industries. He is also a professor at the University of Antwerp.

13:50 - 14:10

The importance of Linked Data in the Dutch data strategy based on realisations.

Dr. Linda van den Brink is a geo-information standardisation consultant for the Dutch Geonovum and the founder of the Linked Data Platform.

2.10 pm - 2.30 pm

Accelerate the adoption of your digital transformation projects through the Bowling Pin methodology.

Lieven De Marez is professor of ‘Media, Technology and Innovation’ and ‘User-centric Research’ at UGent. His reflections are soberingly inspiring.

14:30 - 15:00

Surveillance Art, Dying Phones and Fake Likes’

Dries Depoorter is a Belgian artist who deals with themes such as privacy, artificial intelligence, surveillance & social media. Depoorter creates interactive installations, apps and games.


Network reception with a data marketplace where you can enter into dialogue with achievements of OSLO.