Prof. Dr. ing. Pieter Colpaert

Work experience


Selection of top papers

Other academic involvement

As a researcher I am involved in the domains of Open Data, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Smart Cities and Transport data.

I review papers for multiple conferences and workshops:

I teach guest lectures on Web APIs and Open Data in the courses of: Ruben Verborgh (UGent), Sofie Van Hoecke (UGent), Joep Crompvoets (KU Leuven) and Pierre Deville (Solvay Business School).


In the past I participate in standardization activities such as:

Open-source software contributions


I am a board member of the Belgian chapter of Open Knowledge. I co-founded the organization in 2012 to push for more Open Data. I started the yearly Open Belgium conference and started Open Data ideation events like Apps for Ghent. Because we wanted to go further than just ideas, in 2011 I started open Summer of code. Today it attracts over 100 students and coaches and is also organized in Spain. I still love the concept and participate as both a coach and client in the program. I get most of my energy from inspiring and enthusing these students.