We’re proud to announce that the Open Knowledge Foundation is part of a new team which will take on the maintenance of ePSIplatform project for the next two years. As many of you will know ePSIplatform is a key resource for people interested in laws, policies and practices related to the reuse of European Public Sector Information (PSI).
This is a really exciting time to be working on PSI policy. With the explosion of local, regional and national open government data initiatives across Europe in recent months, lots of public bodies will be taking a fresh look at how they make their documents and datasets available for reuse. Many departments and authorities are publishing raw, machine readable datasets using open licenses and legal tools to encourage external reuse in existing services and in new mobile and web applications like Where Does My Money Go? or They Work For You. Others have taken the plunge and are experimenting with things like competitions, hackdays and other activities to understand demand and engage more directly with prospective PSI reusers.
With the growth of data journalism, increasing data literacy amongst citizens and civic society stakeholders, and new tools for people to engage with large collections of documents and datasets in new ways, we are looking forward to seeing the project include lots of new voices and new stakeholders, beyond the usual suspects in the world of PSI. We’re also very excited to be working with a broad range of government representatives and public sector stakeholders across Europe.
We’ll provide a more detailed overview about on our plans after the Apps for Everyone workshop in Berlin later this month!
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.