Open Data movement has met a large success for the past years in France as in the rest of the world. After first experiments, it is now time to extend practices and find new audiences outside of the technical community.
How to extend open data movement ? As we live in a world full of data that feed many applications and activities, as these data structure the world we live in, they should gain better attention and offer the possibility for all to understand them better.
What kind of actions or policies to do so ? What role for public actors, businesses, medias, non-profits ? Should we start getting a better data education by manipulating our own personal data ? Should we imagine Infolabs ?
2013 must achieve clear statements on open governement data promises and explore new fronteers for this movement.
The European Open Data Week
After the launch of the first European Open Data Week in Nantes (France) in 2012, the 2013 edition will take place in Marseille and will aim to further this movement, focusing on professionalization and harmonization of open data initiatives, seeking to answer the following questions: how to improve the quality of data offer? How to develop data reuse, involve more and more people and open data with more efficiency? What are the best methods to facilitate initiatives with sustainable rather than short-term approaches?
These are questions that will attempt to answer public actors, researchers, businesses, associations, journalists, innovators, gathered around 3 conferences and 14 workshops, from Tuesday the 25th to Friday the 28th of June 2013 in Marseille.
This week takes place in the framework of the European project HOMER, with the support of the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.
HOMER is the strategic MED project that focuses on the theme of Open Data, a world-wide policy aiming at making available and exploitable Public Sector Information (PSI). Governments are increasingly recognising the benefits of making their data open and reusable. The first is transparency: simply opening PSI, citizens can be better informed and participate in the decision making process. The second is linked to the economic value of PSI, whose wider re-use is considered a primary content resource for the development of digital markets.
The overall goal of HOMER is to contribute to unlock the full potential of the Public Sector Information in the Mediterranean space, by contributing to make the whole area a competitive territory, able to match global competition and to ensure a sustainable growth and employment for the next generations.
In line with the EU Digital Agenda, HOMER will facilitate the wider deployment of PSI in Spain, Italy, France, Malta, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus and Montenegro, enabling their public governments to better address the legal, cultural and technological challenges linked to PSI policy.