The SPINlab co-operates with a multitude of partners from government and business. Some partnerships already go a long way back. These relations are depicted here.


This Dutch GIS-consultancy company, a VU-startup, is one of the SPINlab’s oldest and closest partners. Several people work both at SPINab and Geodan. The co-operation strengthens the technical capabilities of SPINLab and helps to translate scientific research results into practice.


The department of Spatial Economics has an agreement with the Dutch Association of Real Estate Brokers (NVM) that arranges the use of real estate transaction data for scientific research. In exchange, VU-researchers present their findings to NVM and transfer knowledge about how local real estate brokers can use the research outcomes to improve their business. SPINlab employee Jasper Dekkers coordinates the use of the NVM-data for research and theses. Further, the SPINlab also geocodes the NVM-data using the Basisadminstratie Adressen en Gebouwen (BAG) as a source.


Both SPINlab and the department of Spatial Economics co-operate already for many years with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (in Dutch: Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL). Researchers join PBL-projects and sometimes can use PBL spatial datasets, or PBL-employees participate in SPINlab-research.


Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) has expressed the ambition to steer the thinking power of universities more towards it’s own knowledge generation purposes. This lead to the signing of multiple co-operation agreements with Dutch universities. The Vrije Universiteit (VU) signed an agreement with RWS on 22 May 2014 to exchange knowledge in Spatial Information Technologies. It concerns a 4-year collaboration, stipulated in a Framework Agreement. [Read more…]