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ePSI Platform Conference 2012

Daniel Dietrich - March 23, 2012 in Events, Open Government Data

On Friday the 16th of March, the European Public Service Information (ePSI) Platform conference was held in Rotterdam. More than 300 guests from all over the world gathered for what turned out to be a very busy and interesting day. In 15 sessions 60 speakers gave an overview on a wide variety of open data related issues. From key registries to data journalism, from pricing models to data visualisation and from local data to national data portals. See the full programme.

The conference, called “Taking re-use to the next level“, was opened by a warm welcome by Ms Korrie Louwes, vice-mayor of Rotterdam. See the video recording and the full text of her welcome speech.

The second welcome message came, by video, from EC VP Commissioner Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda. She called upon the conference participants to go out and make the case for open data more strongly. Explaining the proposed EU open data strategy Commissioner Kroes also made clear that it is not enough to just rely on the legislative process, as work needs to be done on cultural change as well. Practical examples of open data re-use, and grass roots support and experiences play an important role here. “Dare to try!“, and thus help make the case for Open Data, and showing every public sector body in the EU that “opening data will pay off“. See full video message by Mrs. Neelie Kroes.

 

 

Plenary I: The revised PSI Directive

The welcoming notes were followed by a panel discussion on the proposed amendment of the PSI Directive with Richard Swetenham (Headof Unit DG INFSO of the European Commission), Chris Taggart (CEO & Co-Founder OpenCorporates), Peter Hecker (Chairman of GEOkomm Germany) and Anton Eliassen (Director National Meteo Institute Norway and former Chair ECOMET Council).

 

Plenary I: The revised PSI Directive from ePSI platform on Vimeo.

 

The discussion was opened by Marc de Vries from the ePSI platform with an overview on the Directive and the proposed amendments. In short the main areas of changes to the PSI Directive as proposed in the European Commission’s “Open Data Strategy” in December 2011 are:

  • All data made available by government institutions must be able to be generally used for commercial and non-commercial purposes;
  • In principle, the costs charged by government institutions may not exceed the costs involved in the individual request for information (marginal costs – in practice usually free of charge);
  • Member States must introduce regulatory supervision to monitor compliance with the aforementioned principles;
  • the scope of the Directive will be extended to include information from libraries, museums and archives.

Plenary 2 – Vistas of Open Data, what are the pockets of new initiatives?

The second panel with Brigitte Zonneveld (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation), Francois Bancilhon (CEO of Data Publica, France) and Andrew Stott (former Director for Transparency and digital engagement UK Cabinet Office) was moderated by Ton Zijlstra. See the discussion.

 

Plenary II: Vistas of Open Data, what´s ahead from ePSI platform on Vimeo.

 

ePSI Trailblazers 2012

At the end of the second Plenary the winners of the ePSI Trailblazers were awarded on stage. The ePSI trailblazers are innovative ‘trailblazers’, who’ve done something new and exciting re-using PSI. You can visit the ePSI Trailblazers here.

 

 

The two Plenary Sessions were followed 12 sessions in the form of workshops facilitated by speakers and moderators on a variety of topics such as local Open Data initiatives, role of competition authorities, Open Data as business model for the public sector, data journalism, and much more. Check out the video recordings from some of the sessions and pictures from the conference.

 

There is also this very nice video from Elmine Wijnia

ePSI conference 2012: taking re-use to the next level from Elmine Wijnia on Vimeo.

 

Announcing the ePSI Trailblazers 2012

Daniel Dietrich - February 23, 2012 in Events, Open Data

In the run to the upcoming ePSI Conference 2012 on 16th March in Rotterdam, Netherlands, we are very excited to announce the ePSI Trailblazers 2012.

What are the ePSI Trailblazers?

What if, instead of handing out another award, we could offer you both recognition from your peers and help in improving your work? At the ePSI Conference, you’ll have the chance to present your ideas and get help in making these ideas even better!

The ePSIplatform is looking for PSI re-use innovators – the ‘trailblazers’ – who have done something new and exciting with open data in the past year. Similar to other open data competitions, criteria for selection would include:

  1. Usefulness to the citizens, visitors and public sector
  2. Potential for application to be useful for other governmental bodies,
    including in other Member States
  3. Appeal of the application from a usability perspective
  4. Inventive and original nature of the application

Selected initiatives can include both well established applications and services, and new/start-up initiatives, proofs-of-concept and demos. Trailblazers will get the opportunity to give a five minute presentation at the EPSI conference to explain what they’ve done and why this is innovative.

However – and this is where trailblazers get more than a simple award – the winners would also be asked to explain in a few minutes what they need to move their initiative forward, and to do even better things with it. This can be as straightforward as getting new seed funding, but may also involve more pragmatic things: help in liaising with other governments, finding new programmers/hackers to help build technical improvements, organizing brainstorming sessions to identify new application areas, identifying new relevant data sets, getting legal assistance, etc. The EPSI team will then try to help them achieve this objective by providing funding or material assistance.

This innovative approach will have a much more pragmatic impact on the recipients: they can present their needs, and we will try to help them in building better services.

Who are the PSI Trailblazers?

Help us to find the ePSI Trailblazers 2012 by filling in this form!

The ePSI Trailblazers will be awarded at the up coming ePSIplatform Conference 2012, 16 March 2012, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

More on the ePSI Conference 2012

For more information on the ePSI Conference 2012 see the provisional programme and don’t miss to register here!

ePSIplatform Conference 2012

Daniel Dietrich - January 4, 2012 in Events, Open Government Data

The following post is by the organisers of the ePSIplatform Conference 2012 and is cross-posted from epsiplatform.eu.

16 March 2012, Rotterdam, Netherlands

With the progress the open data movement has made in the past few years, and the announcement of the European Open Data Strategy by the European Commission, we are reaching a new maturity level in the open data arena. We are ready to move to the next level, in terms of adoption by governments, in terms of the number and background of people involved, the mass and volume of data available for re-use, the business and distribution models, the size of the economic value involved, and the technology facilitating these developments.

Come to Rotterdam on March 16, and go ‘level up’!

Are you:
A public data holder, an application builder, a data journalist, a policy maker, a competition authority, an open data community member, a data portal owner, an advisor to re-users or policy makers, a long time commercial re-user, a start-up director, representing an NGO, or a researcher on these topics? We cordially invite you to the ePSIplatform.eu 2012 conference!

A few plenary, and many parallel sessions:
On a wide variety of topics: changing local policy issues with local open data, data journalism, the internal business case for open data, increasing a sector’s effectiveness with open data (such as international aid), data visualization, open data for participation and self empowerment, licensing, pan-European initiatives, PSI Directive review, data protection and privacy, combining public data and personal data: the Quantified Self, obstacles of PSI r-euse, (financing of) ‘key registries’, checks and balances: redress and compliance.

And of course plenty of time to connect and network!

We’ll let you know how the program and list of speakers is shaping up over time.

Registration is free! Get your ticket now…. see you in Rotterdam!

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