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International Open Data Day

International Open Data Day, on February 22nd at the University of Milan-Bicocca

Saturday 22nd, is the worldwide day to disseminate and promote the release of open data from public administration. In many cities, there will be organization of events not only for the open data projects already running, but also for using such data in a hackathon, that is a real programming marathon.

Even Milan will contribute to this day with an event organized by the University of Milan-Bicocca, which carries out researches for a long time on these topics.

It will be a full day of activities, starting at 9.30 at building U9 (Viale dell’Innovazione, 10) where public administrations, journalist, agencies and hackers will contribute with their ideas.

The domains of data range from environmental data on the state of the air in Lombardy to the use of data to make business. Some insights will be given on how to make data easily accessible and downloadable (e.g. through the “scraping”). One of the authors of the investigation of the seismic risk of the Italian school buildings, Denis Rizzoli of Wired, will give a talk about his experience in data journalism. It will also be a discussion about the license which governs the use of public data.

During this day, – tells Andrea Maurino, a researcher in the Department of Computer Science Systems and Communications of the University of Milano-Bicocca and coordinator of the European project COMSODE, – different initiatives of Open Data in Lombardia will be presented. For example, there will be a presentation about the data portal of the Regione Lombardia and Provincia di Milano, the use of open data in the environmental field or in data journalism and a visualization of these large amounts of freely accessible data.

For anyone who is interested in open data and wants to compete with applications of open data – concludes Maurino – we have organized a hackathon. In this practical session, participants will be guided by journalists of wired.it, for example, to build a map of seismic risk of school buildings in Lombardia. Moreover, for anyone who is curious or interested to understand more about business opportunities related to open data, there will be a talk about the open data from Confederazione Nazionale Artigianato in Milan on Saturday.

The initiative is coordinated by the University of Milano-Bicocca, along with Joomla!Lombardia, Milan and Foss.

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