Prof. Dr. ing. Pieter Colpaert

Work experience


Selection of top papers

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:

As of 2021, I teach the course Big Data Science together with Erik Mannens and Dieter De Witte.

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

Public speaking


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.

Next to being a board member of the organization I still maintain the iRail codebase and its servers. Its goal is to republish data in an easy way for developers to create apps that can foster better lives for commuters in Belgium.