© Nikki van Toorn (CBS)

Use of CBS open data has grown explosively

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has improved the description and accessibility of its open data. The use of CBS open data has grown explosively in recent months. Although it has been only four years since CBS launched its open data portal, there were more than 12 million open data retrievals in the first two months of 2019 alone.

Number of retrievals of CBS open data per month
   Through CBS-website/StatLineThrough other applications
201610108930
201620172463
201630264661
2016435885209
20165422120700
20166208160220
20167211121468
20168162218563
20169635112267
2016108282226389
20161168368138322
20161295150117440
20171101980189676
2017249278118166
2017385601238126
2017473691149699
2017577148357120
2017677231187208
2017757903259244
2017859016480712
2017967601574865
20171068712714579
20171168579362515
201712133146324363
20181173163415496
20182208560487709
20183280386553986
20184264655706258
20185266887837371
20186257188899705
20187179942817583
20188209594985666
201892903871042887
2018105080391755782
2018116277693910631
2018125746493939521
201916811595821627
201926196544947031

There were more retrievals in January 2019 than in the whole of 2017. By far the most favoured types of data are district and neighbourhood information and proximity to facilities. Other open data used more extensively include population, household income and consumer prices. Users are increasingly able to find the more than 4,500 data sets, meaning strong growth in the number of unique users. More unique users means that more web applications have been created which make direct use of the open data.

Number of users CBS open data per month
   Through CBS-website/StatLineThrough other applications
2016107118
2016205302
2016306015
20164787536
20165697562
20166516476
20167485684
20168454554
201691055148
20161022405372
201611139506339
201612193136111
20171209686871
20172110916937
20173167308325
20174155125059
20175156756157
20176159415107
201771278322336
201781348452590
201791493159280
2017101611582689
2017111596664881
2017123001154027
201813680968203
201824324568738
201836064285571
201845613194926
201855723297601
2018655868103115
201873499281471
201883596581601
2018967187104083
201810117545175232
201811101280273791
201812110642271783
20191130453330729
20192112653299682

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