On Friday the 16th of March, the ePSI Trailblazers 2012 have been awarded at the ePSIplatform 2012 Conference titled "Taking Re-use To The Next Level".
More than 350 participants from 40 countries gathered for what turned out to be a very busy and interesting day. In 15 sessions 60 speakers gave an overview on a wide variety of open data related aspects. At the end of the second plenary session on the Vistas of Open Data the 4 winners of the ePSI Trailblazers 2012 have been awarded on stage.
And the winners are...
The ePSI Trailblazers are PSI re-use innovators, who have done something new and exciting with open data in the past year. Here are the winners:
The Polish project Sejmometr was Awarded in the category "Parliamentary Data". Among the many projects that aim to make parliamentary data available Sejmometr is outstanding in therms of functionality and usability, providing many features and a easy-to-use and well structured interface. Visit the project: http://sejmometr.pl/
The Slovak project Znasichdani was Awarded in the category "Public Procurement Data". The project allows an easy Search for persons and companies that do business with the state. Visit the project: http://znasichdani.sk/
Open Cultuur Data
The Dutch project Open Cultuur Data was Awarded in the category "Cultural Heritage Data". The project aims to open up cultural heritage data and encourages development of valuable cultural applications. Visit the project: http://www.opencultuurdata.nl/
The Swedish project TrafikLab was Awarded in the category "Transport Data". The project is a single point of entry for developers interested in traffic-related data such as public transit, parking and road accidents. Data is available over variety of transport-related open API's. Visit the project: http://trafiklab.se/
What will happen next?
At the ePSI Conference, the Trailblazers had the opportunity to give a five minute presentation to explain what they've done and why this is innovative. However - and this is where trailblazers get more than a simple award - the winners have been asked to explain what they need to move their initiative forward, and to do even better things with it. This can be as straightforward as getting new seed funding, but may also involve more pragmatic things: help in liaising with other governments, finding new programmers/hackers to help build technical improvements, organising brainstorming sessions to identify new application areas, identifying new relevant data sets, getting legal assistance, etc. The EPSI team will now try to help them achieve this objective by providing funding or material assistance. This innovative approach will have a much more pragmatic impact on the recipients: they can present their needs, and we will try to help them in building better services.