Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation
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Open Data Policy

Map of current FP7 Open Data projects

The common aim of this FP7 project group has been to develop new knowledge, new technologies, products or demonstration activities in the field of OPEN DATA. They were selected in the European Commission call for proposal, under FP7 Objective 4.3: SME initiative on analytics of Work Programme 2013. For better visualization see mindmap of FP7 OD projects

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Project 365 #303: 301009 Blink And You’ll Miss It! / Pete / CC BY

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Process of publishing the Open Data

1. Action Plan for publishing Open Dataopen govt

It is helpful to be aware that a number of steps need to be undertaken before the data is published (e.g. in Public Organizations). These include issues like:

  •  Mapping and understanding organizational processes (knowing what is going on, where data is produced, what the information flows are)
  • Understanding the technical requirements (IT infrastructure)
  • Understanding the related costs (e.g. costs required for hardware, human resources costs)
  • Prioritization (what data should be published first?)
  • Release schedule (what will be published when?)

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Legal Considerations of Open Data publishing

In a number of countries, access to information is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. openConstitutions often guarantee conflicting rights as well, such as the right to
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, so these are sometimes in tension and have to be properly balanced. When it comes to government information, countries typically have Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) that regulate in more detail who can request information, who has the legal obligation to provide it, under which circumstances, etc.

For instance in Slovakia, FOIA guarantees access to information to “everyone”: the citizenship or legal age are not a limitation, and neither is personhood. A foreigner, a child, or even a company can request information. However, FOIAs may not always regulate the electronic (digital) availability of data: Read More

Opening up Governments – presentation on OpenSlava 2014

Members of COMSODE team, Jan Gondol (Slovak Ministry of Interior) and Peter Hanečák (EEA communication solutions)  gave interesting presentation about open government and open data in the context of the Open Government Partnership.

Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. Slovakia has been involved in Open Data activities, and is expecting to further promote Open Educational Resources, Open Access, as well as Open Source in the public sector.

 

PDF presentation: http://openslava.sk/2014/Presentation…

OpenSlava 2014  – was the conference on the current and emerging technologies within the open source ecosystem was held on 17th October in Bratislava – Slovakia.

Comparison: Amount of published datasets in some national data catalogs

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To provide a better picture about status of OpenData in countries where COMSODE consortium members are located, here comes a basic comparison of the amount of published datasets in national data catalogs. Read More