The #oSoc15 projects overview

Open Summer of code 2015 is a 3 week programme in 3 different Belgian cities during the summer of 2015. The goal: provide 23 Belgian based students the training, network and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services. Below are the project results of the 2015 edition, including links to the raw code, the hosted platform or demo, the blogposts, team members and more.

1. Bieblo


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Meet Bieblo, a lil’ fellow that wants to help your child find his or her new favorite book. By asking what your kid likes, whether it’s magic or sports, Bieblo suggests relevant books that are right up their alley and available in the nearest library. It’s a fun and user-friendly way to bring books back to young children.

Team members:

Back-end development: Ruben Meul and Wesley Vanbrabant
Front-end development: Shaun Janssens and Wesley Vanbrabant
User testing and communication: Miguel Devriese and Dorien Marinus
Student manager: Ruben Meul
Coaching: Michael Vanderpoorten


Biblo-App – GitHub
Biblo-Server – GitHub




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This team scrapes all the data from the NMBS website, and transforms them into GTFS-files that can easily be used by 3rd parties to make transport applications. But even then, that leaves us with data that only applies to a perfect world that has no need for realtime information. That brings us to their second challenge: to make a realtime GTFS-RT feed that gives us that information as well.

Team members:

Back-end development GTFS: Brecht Van de Vyvere
Back-end development GTFS-RT: Tim Tijssens
Coaching: Pieter Colpaert


Real time demo
GTFS Files


3. educal

Powered by the City of Ghent and Digipolis Gent

Relying on paper calendars is so 1995. So here’s educal, an interactive management platform that allows schools to manage multiple calendars online. Those calendars can easily be integrated into the parents digital agenda’s in just a few clicks.

Team members:

Back-end development: Bert Marcelis
Front-end development: Thomas Ghysels
UX and design: Bruce Vansteenwinkel
User-testing and communication: Dorien Marinus and Miguel Devriese
Coaching: Miet Claes and Xavier Bertels

Hosted platform


4. Plong

Leiedal plong logo

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Do you have any idea how to calculate the energy effeciency of your home by yourself? This Leiedal application combines useful information and playful animations. That way, the energy usage of your home will not have any more secrets. Thanks to clear and personal advice you will be able to optimize your house and save money on your energy bill.

Team members:

Back-end development: Michiel de Wilde & Pieter Declercq
Front-end development: Alana Panny & William Verbiest
Design and illustrations: Niels Dewelde
Coaching: Michael Vanderpoorten


API on GitHub
Questionnaire on GitHub


5. Multimedia Lab

Multimedia lab oSoc logo

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Multimedia Lab, or MMLab in short, is a research group within Ghent University. Being a innovative research group, they need an innovative website. The goal? Create a new website that is ready for the semantic web. This website will be created in Drupal.

Team members:

Back-end development: Dieter Beelaert and Umut Saglam
Front-end development: Christophe Leroy
Student Manager: Dieter Beelaert
Coaching: Miet Claes and Xavier Bertels


Multimedia Lab website on GitHub


6.-8. DCAT


DCAT is a set of terms that describes datasets and standardises them. This way, computers can easily tell what certain datasets are about, without any human interaction. DCAT has three subprojects: integrating DCAT in IPT for INBO, extending a DCAT Drupal Module and creating a DCAT validator for the Flemish Government.

Team members:

Back-end development DCAT-Validator: Stan Callewaert
Back-end development DCAT-Drupal Module: Samir Hanini
Back-end development DCAT-IPT-GBIF: Simon van Cauter and Sylvain Delbauve
Front-end development DCAT-Validator: Sébastien Henau
Coaching: Jan Vansteenlandt and Michiel Vancoillie


GitHub IPT-GBIF Feed
GitHub DCAT Validator
GitHub DCAT Drupal Module

General DCAT Presentation


DCAT Validator

DCAT Drupal module

Is something missing or want more information about these #oSoc15 project? Mail to Pieter-Jan Pauwels and I’d be happy to help you out.

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