Member blog postings
I attended KIDE day organized by Ministry of Transport and Communications. The event was opened by the Minister of Housing and Communications Krista Kiuru, which was followed by a discussion panel in which I participated as Open Data and Open Source 'ambassador' and promoter of community-driven ecosystems. The topic of the panel discussion was "How to enable digital service culture in Finland?"
16-20 June 2013. Bucharest, Romania.
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.
Transparency International Lithuania together with the Ministry of Economy put the issue up for a discussion, gathering together folks from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Communications, business and the media to talk about the state of open government data in Lithuania. While it was very vibrant and interesting discussion, let me just take out the three main latest updates raised, that largely reflect the state of the PSI and re-use in Lithuania:
#1 THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY IS CURRENTLY FINALIZING THE FEASIBILITY STUDY ON OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA (OGD) IN LITHUANIA
It is due in July 2013. The good news to the OGD community is that the draft of the study was put on the wiki and open for everybody to contribute. The opportunity was taken by quite a number of lawyers, geeks, and of course, other public institutions. During discussions with the Information Society Development Committee (ISDC - body responsible for the implementation of information society policy) and other ministries, it is appearent that this document may well become a shared strategic reference point for other institutions to ground and formulate their policies on OGD.
#2 THE GOVERNMENT IS DEVELOPING THE OPEN LICENSE FOR PSI
The Information Society development Committee is currently developing a license for PSI, which is due in July 2013. We still do not know what the license will look like, though ISDC agreed to develop the license in close consultation with the OGD community in the country. Let‘s hear about it in a due process.
#3 THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING FOR A CENTRALIZED PROVISION OF PSI
The ISDC perceives centralized provision of PSI as the way to go in Lithuania. The plan is to build upon the already created opendata.gov.lt and establish the single portal gathering all the available public sector information into one place. The portal should be ready by 2016. This, however, does not preclude any of the public institutions to establish their own venues to provide their data, as some of them did already.
Goes without saying, there are many more things going on at the moment and the climate for more data in Lithuania has never been more favourable – the issue is covered by the media, the most important stakeholders are involved in the conversation and the newly created vibrant community is bubbling with ideas. We all know, open data can never happen with state‘s effort alone- the business and the society has an ever more important role to play in shaping the demand and pushing for access to more information.
Open (Government) Data as it is understood nowadays can still be considered a new concept. It started to gain traction worldwide since the Obama memo in early 2009 and the launch of data.gov a few months later. Following successful leading examples of the US and UK governments we have seen Open Data flourishing all over the world over the last three years.
Successful Open Data and PSI reuse cases and experiences in Greece and Cyprus will be reported by ePSI Platform at least monthly.
The European Public Sector Information Directive defines a general framework for the conditions governing reuse of public sector documents in order to ensure fair, proportionate and non-discriminatory conditions for the re-use of such information. Generally speaking, Greece has a short history of public open data. Following is the Greek legislation regarding PSI and public open data:
• PSI (3448/2006) from EU Directive(2003/98/EC)
The Spanish Open Data portal, datos.gob.es, has recently published its software code in the open source forge managed by CENATIC.
Data on the products we buy is rarely viewed as something to be opened. But in fact, the international standards that make it possible for products to be traded across borders can be used by consumers for their own ends – to help improve information-sharing and choice across the planet. There is currently no public database of this information – but we’re working to change that at Product Open Data.
Advanced Seminar, 16th – 17th May 2013, Berlin