Open data

The Cabildo Insular de La Palma makes available to all citizens, companies and administrations the open data portal of the island. It is the portal of access to public data of the Cabildo de La Palma in reusable format. Its objectives include Generate value and wealth by obtaining products derived from the data by third parties, Generate transparency by reusing data to analyze and evaluate public management, and Facilitate interoperability between administrations by creating services that use data from different administrations. The publication of the data will be progressive depending on its availability.

Objectives of OpenData La Palma:

In the daily activity of the Public Administration, a large amount and variety of data with high value and great potential is generated. The ultimate goal of an open data initiative is to enable and facilitate, as far as possible, the reuse of public sector information so that it ultimately has an impact on society, in compliance with the Law on Reuse of Public Sector Information, thus increasing the level of transparency of the Island Corporation.

The OpenData la Palma portal is designed as a meeting point between the different actors -users, developers and public organizations- involved in the culture of open and reusable data on the island.

The open data portal allows:

  • Generation of value and wealth. Data-derived products are obtained by companies and citizens in general that generate new business models. The opening of data generates value and economic wealth for society. Companies and private citizens will be able to take advantage of the data to enrich them and generate new applications and utilities that could not be developed without the raw or basic data.
  • Transparency in Public Administration. Allowing the reuse of exposed data to analyze and evaluate public management. The opening of data is part of the basis of any transparency policy within Public Administrations. In a changing and increasingly more and better informed society, governments and public administrations must strive to provide citizens with all the information available to them as a sign of openness and as a necessary proof to improve citizen confidence.
  • Interoperability between administrations. Facilitating the creation of services for citizens that use data from different public administrations. The generalization of data openness is improving data interoperability. A relative unification of the formats in which the administrations offer their information to the general public is taking place.
  • Organization and improvement of the Administration’s information. Promoting efficiency in the documentation and classification of data. The opening of data is a driving force for improving public information storage systems.

The OpenData La Palma Portal is accessible at, the new tool is structured in several sections: a data search engine, a catalog that sorts the datasets by subject, a series of applications (apps) that illustrate the economic and social potential, and other links of interest.

The Portal initially makes available 63 datasets on planning, environment, infrastructure, transportation, tourism, etc.

Commitment to Transparency

The concept of Open Data implies making data available to the public, so that citizens, companies and public bodies can use it freely, without restrictions, patents or other control mechanisms. The publication of Open Data is an example of transparency, participation and collaboration between administrations, citizens and companies. In addition, it generates business among companies and cost reduction for both companies and the Administration.


“Maps of La Palma” is a web application that brings together a large number of maps of the island of La Palma, which can be consulted from any device.

Objectives of Maps of La Palma:

In maps of La Palma citizens can consult a great variety of maps in a free and open way, it is organized by subject:

  • Map of the Transvulcania
  • Map of the Trail Network
  • Map of the Island Plan (PIOLP)
  • Public transport map
  • Map of waste containers and clean points
  • Map of public and private webcams
  • Map of the Infrastructure Survey
  • Map of the network of Astronomical Viewpoints
  • Map of the Meteorological Stations network
  • Map of the Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC)
  • Mountain Bike Network Map
  • Paragliding take-off and landing points map

In addition to web applications and mobile applications such as:

  • “Improve your island”, an app for citizen participation
  • “Patea La Palma”, trails app winner of the OpenData La Palma 2015 award for best app
  • “La Palma App”, trails app, winner of the OpenData La Palma 2015 accessit award
  • “Muévete”, app for the island of La Palma


Objectives of La Palma Crowdfunding:


Until very recently, if someone wanted to get a project off the ground and needed financing, they had a number of generic options. Ask for a loan, a grant or cheat family or friends. Today, new options are being born, among them, crowdfunding, but what is crowdfunding, crowdfunding or micro-patronage?

Crowdfunding: “Collective cooperation, carried out by people networking to raise money or other resources, the Internet is often used to finance efforts and initiatives of other people or organizations”. Source: Wikipedia.

Crowdfunding was born from the first Open Source projects where developers initially offered their work in a disinterested way. Later, due to the success of their creations and also the work that this entailed, they began to ask for donations and the response was once again greater than expected. At that moment, between creators (who required funding) and users (who demanded creative projects and paid for them) Crowdfunding was born, crowdfunding, as a new option to finance, at first, creative project. Source: Wikipedia.

Nowadays, there are more and more crowdfunding websites and more and more projects financed through crowdfunding, which is a new revolution in all the sectors in which we move.

The types of projects that are financed through Crowdfunding continue to grow, from creative projects to solidarity and business projects.

How does crowdfunding work in general?

  • The entrepreneur (creative…) sends the project to the website. Indicating description, amount needed, fundraising time, rewards…
  • Some are valued by the community, others are valued by the web…
  • The project is published for a certain time, 30, 60, 90, 120 days.
  • It is promoted as much as possible.
  • End of the term. Financed or not.

This scheme can be greatly altered depending on the type of crowdfunding we are talking about: rewards, donations, investment or loans.

Crowdfunding according to Javier Martín ( is based on the idea that “People with money trust people with ideas and together they work to move a project forward”.

(Source: Universo Crowdfunding)

HD Meteo live!

The weather in La Palma live

Project developed by El Cabildo de La Palma in collaboration with that implements dynamic maps based on data collected from all weather stations on the island of La Palma that have their data published on the web. The data are collected and centralized in an unified and normalized database from which various products of interest are developed, such as interpolation maps, maps developed in real time (with data capture intervals of 10 minutes). The maps currently available are Temperature (ºC), Humidity (%), Precipitation (mm/day) and Wind (Km/h). In addition, the responsive web application allows to “predict” conditions of locations without a weather station from very innovative interpolation methods, which take into account the relief, orientations and slopes.

“These maps are of great interest to various sectors such as tourism, environment, emergencies, sports or agriculture, as they give us a more accurate approximation of the conditions in a certain point of an island, such as La Palma, where conditions and microclimates change in a short space and time.”

Application easily integrated with other websites and applications

Training – Dissemination

Training Objectives:

  • Develop a powerful knowledge community around technological topics (telecommunications, sensors, home automation, programming, electronics).
  • Facilitate that companies, mainly SMEs, can take advantage of the knowledge generated to export solutions to other places, supported by the developments made within the framework of the project.
  • To create in La Palma a center of knowledge and training of international reference in risk management, which in the long term can generate an industry around the subject of risk.

And in all this process to count on the collaboration of the educational and training centers of the island, with the business sectors (CEPYME, Chamber of Commerce, FEMETE, etc).

  • LegoLeague -February-March 2016-.
  • Scratch La Palma Day (Google Developer Group La Palma) -April 9, 2016-.
  • 3D printers -continued-
  • Arduino course (Open platform for integrated robotics and programming systems) -march-april 2016-
  • Electric Vehicle Fair – VIVE la Palma 2016 – July 09, 2016-.
  • Transparency and Open Data Day -July 21, 2016-.
  • OpenData La Palma Awards -July 2016-.
  • 3rd Conference on Intelligent Island Territories -October 2016-.
  • Fiber Optic Fiber Installer -November 2016-
  • Hackathon -December 2016
  • Data Journalism Workshop (coming soon)
  • Drone Pilot (coming soon)
  • Domotics (coming soon)
  • SCADA systems (coming soon)
  • Use of new technologies (coming soon)
  • Intelligent lighting (coming soon)
  • Lego Mindstorms (coming soon)
  • Codecraft (coming soon)

Applications & Hackathon

Hackathon & workshops

Every year the Cabildo of La Palma organizes an intensive Hackathon that will allow attendees to solve real challenges we face in La Palma. We will try to improve the experience of citizens and tourists; and explore new ways to measure the impact of the island’s services.

Several teams will design different solutions to turn La Palma into a Smart Island. The teams will present their ideas to a set of experts and representatives of the administration who will be ready to implement the most innovative ideas.

You can create an innovative application, a new business model, or a great idea!

More information at

Applications from the island of La Palma available for:

App Cabildo de la Palma, new corporate app in the palm of your hand. Cabildo de La Palma


Museums and events La Palma, information about the network of museums and cultural spaces of the island of La Palma (Canary Islands). Cabildo of La Palma
Improve your island, the application for citizen participation of the island of La Palma. Cabildo de La Palma.eGobcan, an application developed by the Government of the Canary Islands to provide citizens with a single point of access to all mobile applications and services developed by the different Departments and Public Bodies of the Government of the Canary Islands.


Tijarafe Tourist Guide, Tourist information service on the municipality of Tijarafe

Barlovento Tourist Guide, Service of tourist and commercial information about the municipality of Barlovento.

Los Llanos App, From the application you will visualize, all the news of the Municipality, News, Events, besides having information of footpaths, points of interest…


Santa Cruz de La Palma, Access from your mobile device to all the information of interest of Santa Cruz de La Palma. 


Patea La Palma, an application that recommends a walking trail on La Palma (App winner of the first La Palma Open Data award).


The PalmApp, Plan your walk along a Trail or your visit to a Natural Area by checking the characteristics beforehand (Amathink)


Muévete La Palma, an application designed for all those who are in La Palma, either spending a few days or living there.


Moovit, your App for public transportation on La Palma…..


Guaguas La Palma, Here is the first bus app of La Palma from the hand of two palmeros!


Google maps & transit, Travel with Maps, the trusted official application that offers GPS navigation, traffic and public transport information.


“Smart communities are an emerging sector for the next decade and it is estimated to generate employment in sectors linked to technologies, on the island of La Palma we cannot miss the opportunity to take advantage of the infrastructure to specialize in this sector.” 

Objectives of the Communities:

  • Facilitate that companies, mainly SMEs, can take advantage of the knowledge generated to export solutions to other places, supported by the developments made within the framework of the project.
  • To create in La Palma a center of knowledge and training of international reference in risk management, which in the long term can generate an industry around the subject of risk.

And in all this process to count on the collaboration of the educational and training centers of the island, with the business sectors (CEPYME, Chamber of Commerce, FEMETE, etc).

  • Lego League
  • 3D Printing
  • Arduino
  • Drones
  • Developers (Hackathon)

3D Printing – Digital Fabrication

Over the last few years, 3D printing has become a growing trend in the technological field, with different types of 3D printers available for anyone who wants to buy them.

The Innovation, Projects and Information Society Service of the Island Council of La Palma has acquired a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer that will be temporarily loaned (15 consecutive calendar days per school year) to schools on the island of La Palma with the aim of promoting this innovative printing technique and related technologies among students and young people on the island.

At the same time, we organize training events that allow us to learn more about these technologies.

The short-term approach is to bring this technology closer to the society of La Palma, and to provide the necessary means to create a “Digital Manufacturing Laboratory” where to experiment with different processes and digital manufacturing tools, through training courses, collaborative prototyping workshops, the use of machines to support the different projects and lines of work and research.

In short, it is intended to continue with “the spirit” of the First Lego League launched by the training centers of the island, to progressively give it a more professional orientation in its relationship with computer programming (Arduino) and possible solutions to specific problems.

Arduino Workshop

“Arduino is a free hardware platform, based on a board with a microcontroller and a development environment, designed to facilitate the use of electronics in multidisciplinary projects.”

The course is structured in 3 modules:

  • Basic level: March 31 and April 1. Initial module where we will work on electronics concepts, using components such as resistors, diodes, sensors and various actuators.
  • Intermediate Level: April 21 and 22. Module of 3D printing or additive manufacturing that will allow to manufacture components designed by the interested parties in an economical and fast way.
  • Advanced Level: May 19 and 20. Robot and crane module in which the minimum expression of a mobile robot will be developed by assembling the components and giving it a pedagogical added value by using a chassis made with 3D printing.

FREE workshop aimed at people over 16 years old with interest and curiosity for technology, open-hardware electronics and with interest in experimenting with interactive elements. No previous programming knowledge is required.

Limited places: 30

  • Opening of the registration process on Monday, January 20, 2017 at 9am.
  • The process is by order of registration,
  • Once the 30 places are filled, a reserve list of 10 places will be created*.

Once the pre-registrations have been received, a confirmation email will be sent to the registrants.


Arduino board

The Arduino board was developed in Italy by Professor Massimo Banzi who wanted to quickly teach designers how to work with electronics to incorporate elements, lights, sound and movements, among others, into their designs. Arduino is a free (open) hardware platform with some computing power that is distinguished by its ability to interact through digital and analog inputs and outputs.


We will work on electronics concepts, using components such as resistors and diodes, as well as various sensors and actuators: potentiometers, LEDs, servomotors and proximity sensors. A Protoboard will also be used as an extension for the connections of the Arduino board by means of cables prepared for this purpose.

3D Printing

3D printing or additive manufacturing allows us to manufacture components designed by ourselves or downloaded from web pages in an economical and fast way (compared to traditional manufacturing for single productions or short series). During the workshops there will be hands-on practice with 3D printed platforms.

Robot and Crane – educational platforms

For the development of the practice, we start from the minimum expression of mobile robot, putting together the components described above and giving it an added value pedagogically by using a chassis made with 3D printing.

Antares project

The Antares Project is the hallmark of Innovation, Technology and Information Society of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma.

It is a commitment to diversify the island’s economy, creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation in which a knowledge and technology-intensive business network can develop. An opportunity to approach new products, services and markets, as well as to be more competitive and innovative in a context of global economy. A commitment to generate a favorable environment for the creation and consolidation of new companies and for the development of new professional careers around R&D&I and the intensive use of technology; for citizens and Public Administrations, the opportunity to create a new space for broader, higher quality, more efficient and closer public services.

The Antares Project aims to provide the island of La Palma with favorable spaces, facilities, communications, services and environments that will add to the already existing conditions. The starting framework is that of a territory with a high concentration of research centers, endowed with an enormously favorable fiscal framework, a skilled and diverse human capital, made up of both residents and those who wish to return, enviable levels of quality of life, and finally, the connection via submarine cable to the main communication networks and nodes, which together with ICTs dilute the physical barriers of the territory. In this context, the project aims to serve as a catalyst for the creation of a dynamic and constant environment of opportunity, a space of great potential for the creation of new areas of personal, professional, social and business development.

Proyecto Antares depends on the Innovation, Projects and Information Society Service of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma. It was born from the hand of the “Sociedad Promotora del Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Isla de La Palma SL”, an instrumental entity of the Cabildo created to materialize the project in 2011, and dissolved in 2016.

The strategic objectives of the Antares Project are:

  • Value Chain Creation and Expansion
  • Personal Development and Mobility
  • Culture of Excellence and Innovation
  • Knowledge Society, Science and Technology
  • Capable, safe, efficient and competitive infrastructures.
  • Smart and Sustainable Island