Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation
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Benefit from Sustainable Open Data Management

The results of project COMSODE enable open data innovation in public bodies and any size businesses. Consortium delivered technologies for sustainable data management (publication, data quality, search, visualization) available mostly as open source. Moreover, the proven methodologies support the upgrade of internal data management processes. The success story now continues across the EU. Ask for expert services of the COMSODErs and benefit from sustainable data management!

Open Data Publication Standards in Czech Republic

 

In February 2015, a new Open Data project has been started by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. The goal of this project is to establish standards and define procedure of publishing Open Data by public bodies in Czech Republic.ministry

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Licence Comparison and Compatibility Assessment

Whenever re-using open data from third parties, for further consuming, integration or publication purposes, and whenever such data are released under different licences, a licence comparison activity is necessary in order to check and access the legal compatibility of the actions permitted, forbidden or required by their licenses. In the specific domain of data integration, for example, all the licences attached to the datasets that should be integrated must at least permit to adapt (e.g., to transform, link, mash-up, combine) or derive from the original works a new work Read More

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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Boosting Open Data Re-Use and Business

COMSODE has been designed around a need to publish quality data, enable their easy re-use and support businesses in building their services based on this data. This process is driven by governments implementing currently the PSI directive (deadline 6/2015) and non-govenmental sector, exploiting open data for transparency purposes. But the question stays: Where is the business?

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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
privacy
, 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