Monthly Archives: July 2012

2012-09-26 UK – Cambridge Open Data Conference ‘Local and National Government Open Data across Europe’

(Project website)
The Opening Up project (supported by the European Regional Development Fund, North Sea Region Programme) are organising an Open Data Conference on Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Cambridge. The day will show you how local governments across Europe are working with open data, what their experiences are and what challenges they see for the future. We have some well-known speakers (including Andrew Stott and the Open Knowledge Foundation) from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Norway. Additionally, there will be break-out sessions and a where the best practices will be shown and discussed and a marketplace of ideas where presenters and attendees show their projects and discuss ideas. Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 09:00 to 17:00. Venue: The Upper Hall, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

Linked Open Government Data

(IEEE Intelligent Systems)
by Li Ding, Vassilios Peristeras, Michael Hausenblas. This article first reports a community consensus on the architecture of the linked open government data ecosystem, then reviews the key technologies reported by works included in this special issue, and finally concludes with three grand challenges towards opening, linking, and reusing government data. Spotted by Stefano Bertolo.

Data Protection ROI

I came across a couple of interesting articles today related to ROI around data protection. I recently wrote a whitepaper for STEALTHbits on the Cost Justification of Data Access Governance. It's often top of mind for security practitioners who know they need help but have trouble justifying the acquisition and implementation costs of related solutions. Here's today's links:

KuppingerCole -
The value of information – the reason for information security

Verizon Business Security -
Ask the Data: Do “hacktivists” do it differently?

Visit the STEALTHbits site for information on Access Governance related to unstructured data and to track down the paper on cost justification.

EU – Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

One of the greatest challenges facing the EU is how best to design and adapt cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities, consuming 70% of the EU's energy. Congestion costs Europe about 1% of its GDP every year; most of it is located in urban areas. Smart urban technologies can make a major contribution to tackling many urban challenges. By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities. For 2013 alone, € 365 million in EU funds have been earmarked for the demonstration of these types of urban technology solutions. The transport, energy and ICT services and value chains are also now converging. The EU has many years of experience promoting and implementing urban projects in transport, energy and information technology, those efforts need also to converge to create "new thinking" across sectors. See Communication. See also speech by Neelie Kroes. "First, we need interoperability to help competition and new ideas ... Second, we must make the most of data. For example, the data we already have from smart meters. If third parties can access it – transparently and openly, without breaching privacy – that will be a great start. To fuel new innovations and help tailor new systems for end users. Third, the ICT sector must further work to reduce its own environmental footprint ... And fourth, absolutely essential to smart cities, are fast broadband networks for all."

EU – Open data as a key element to Smart Transport

(Press Release)
EU Ministers of Transport and Telecommunications widely acknowledged the enormous economic and social potential of opening up public data for re-use and especially in the case of transport data, as it could be a source for innovative products and services and a real engine for economic growth and job creation. "Transport data is of great commercial value and offers plenty of potential for re-use. This re-use on transport data can significantly contribute in making transport more efficient and reliable", the Minister of Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Efthymios Flourentzou underlined. During the informal meeting, ministers also decided to push for the development of a pan-European Open Data Portal and agreed to incorporate their own national open datasets. "The development of a pan-European Open Data Portal will contribute to the establishment of new and innovative services for the European society, which will make access to data from across Europe much easier,"Mr Flourentzou emphasised. The Cyprus Presidency, along with the EU ministers, also stressed the fundamental role that data plays in developing and providing related Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) and highlighted the need of ensuring the availability of, and accessibility to this data. "By acknowledging that open data is the oil of the digital age, we have to make sure that open data can actually fuel to the expectable extent and even beyond such important initiatives like Smart Transport", the Vice President of the European Commission Mr Siim Kallas underlined. Ministers invited the Commission to jointly explore ways to improve access and re-use of transport data. See also Presidency conclusions.

EU – Communication and Recommendation on scientific information

The European Commission has outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. Communication Towards better access to scientific information: Boosting the benefits of public investments in research COM(2012) 401 final. Commission Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information C(2012) 4890 final. Executive summary of Impact Assessment. See also: Memo: Open access to scientific data – Communication and Recommendation – background.

FR -Données publiques payantes : certaines administrations restent encore loin de l’OpenData

La liste officielle des données « publiques » de l’État restant payantes, c’est-à-dire complètement en dehors de tout cadre OpenData, a finalement été publiée. Conformément au décret du 26 mai 2011 relatif à la réutilisation des informations publiques détenues par l’État et ses établissements publics administratifs, la mission « Étalab » a publié le 29 juin 2012 sur la fameuse liste des redevances de réutilisation d’informations publiques établies antérieurement au 1er juillet 2011. Les données recensées dans cette liste sont donc amenées à rester payantes, sauf en cas de nouveaux décrets spécifiques du Premier Ministre. Mais le texte précise en contrepartie que, à défaut d’inscription des données concernées sur cette liste avant le 1er juillet 2012, les redevances instituées deviennent caduques : on pouvait ainsi espérer incidemment la libération de certaines données publiques. Rien ne semble toutefois avoir été laissé au hasard et la liste, qui semble exhaustive, révèle quelques surprises et beaucoup de déceptions. Nous avons compilé toutes ces informations pour permettre à chacun de mieux les étudier dans leur intégralité (télécharger les données CSV).

EU – Europa revised copyright notice

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2012-07-02 GR, Samos – 2012 Summit on Open Data for Governance, Industry and Society

The Samos 2012 Summit on Open Data and Interoperability is co-organised by the University of Aegean, the Greek Interoperability Centre of the National Technical University of Athens, the ENGAGE eInfrastructures project (managed by European Commission) and the ENSEMBLE Support Action (under the auspices of the Future Internet Enterprise Systems cluster), in order to foster international cooperation and strive for a new research and practice agenda in open data, collaborative governance, enterprise interoperability and future internet systems.