© 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
20172463
30264661
435885209
5422120700
6208160220
7211121468
8162218563
9635112267
108282226389
1168368138322
1295150117440
20171101980189676
249278118166
385601238126
473691149699
577148357120
677231187208
757903259244
859016480712
967601574865
1068712714579
1168579362515
12133146324363
20181173163415496
2208560487709
3280386553986
4264655706258
5266887837371
6257188899705
7179942817583
8209594985666
92903871042887
105080391755782
116277693910631
125746493939521
201916811595821627
26196544947031

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
205302
306015
4787536
5697562
6516476
7485684
8454554
91055148
1022405372
11139506339
12193136111
20171209686871
2110916937
3167308325
4155125059
5156756157
6159415107
71278322336
81348452590
91493159280
101611582689
111596664881
123001154027
201813680968203
24324568738
36064285571
45613194926
55723297601
655868103115
73499281471
83596581601
967187104083
10117545175232
11101280273791
12110642271783
20191130453330729
2112653299682

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