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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.

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.

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