Open Data in Italy has a lot to tell about some stories characterised by a really interesting bottom-up approach.
I like the idea that we should innovate without permission, as David Osimo said some time ago and many other experts agreed. “ We can make an augmented government with the right tools“.

Here are some notes on what’s happening in Italy around these topics.

Working Groups to help municipalities going through Open Data

There is a news on epsiplatform about Alessandria and its initiative related to a multi-stakeholders approach to Open Data. Alessandria is a municipality which has a default: it’s interesting how trasparency and re-use of data will help a better governance.

This isn’t a novelty: Florence had opened Open Data supported by Wikitalia, standing on the shoulders of its communities. We, as a community, can be a sort of “push” actors, and supporters against those who don’t understand the value of these actions inside the government and the administration.

There is also the case of Palermo, who has been publishing Open Data since the 23rd of February (which was the International Open Data Day). Palermo is working to make Open Data an ongoing process, and not only an event fixed during the time. A process which will involve all interested stakeholders who live in the city.

This is the reaction to another action, a blog post written by Andrea Borruso on the quality of the data released, and on the overall process. A post where Andrea made a new dataset from the data released, helping the municipality to think about the value of the quality of the data. This post was shared with the community of Spaghetti Open Data, and gained a lot of attention. The municipality, after a public meeting on this topic, has started a working group to make the overall approach to Open Data a better one. Palermo now wants to make more Open Data, with more attention on the quality of the data, and with a shared strategy with the community.

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Hacking is the Italian way to help extend “data reuse” to society, but starting from the field of journalism. To this effect, the Italian community passionate about Open Data and Data Journalism organized a hackathon called “When data tells stories” during the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

This hackathon had two main actors: the Spaghetti Open Data community and Dataninja.it: Spaghetti Open Data is the biggest italian community interested in Open Data and PSI in general, and Dataninjia is an information hub about Data Journalism, made by a team of journalists and developers.

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Giornata da segnarsi quella del 23 febbraio: è non solo perchè è il giorno prima delle elezioni.

Chi è appassionato di Open Data, di trasparenza e di capire cosa diavolo potrebbe essere il valore associato, dovrebbe sapere che è l’ International Open Data Day.

Il 23 febbraio in tutto il mondo sarà una giornata di hackaton, di mani in pasta sui dati come comunità e come movimento: il sito di riferimento è http://www.opendataday.org.

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Molti si stanno muovendo in effetti. Fornendo dati ed elementi nuovi, come dati sugli edifici in tutta Europa con buildingsdata.eu

Noi italiani stavolta ci saremo, anche se con molta più divulgazione, molti più eventi di tavola rotonda, e meno lato smanettone, per certi versi. Non so se sia troppa carne al fuoco, ma forse ci farà bene.
Avere le elezioni il giorno dopo per molti versi non aiuta, soprattutto a livello mediatico.
Il sito di riferimento è:
-> http://opendataday.it

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Matteo Brunati

Sono un appassionato di tutto quello che ha relazione con la Rete, specie al confine tra tecnologia e società. Open Data e Linked Data sono nuovi livelli di un bene comune digitale, oggi riusabile come se fosse un Lego.
La società dei dati, anche con l’hype dei Big Data, mi affascina: ma serve maggiore riflessione condivisa.


Community Manager @ SpazioDati, su Dandelion API e Atoka.


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