This blog has been reposted from the Hetor blog.

Since 2015 Open Knowledge International has been part of the consortium of Route-To-PA, a European innovation project aimed at improving citizen engagement by enabling meaningful interaction between open data users, open data publishers and open data. In the Route-To-PA case study series, we shine a light on public administrations, organizations and communities that have adopted and are using Route-To-PA tools for work and discussions around open data. One of these is the Hetor pilot, which is based on the creation and accessibility of knowledge concerning Campania cultural heritage.

Some days ago, the University of Salerno held the final event of the “School-to-work Transition” projects. The schools involved in the Hetor activities presented the achieved results of the work done during their experience.

The aim of the students was the promotion of the Campania Cultural Heritage. The scholars contributed to the creation of a series of datasets – published with an open licence – and the realization of some articles published on the Hetor website.

During the opening sessions, Professor Vittorio Scarano, IT Department, University of Salerno and Route-To-PA project coordinator, EU Horizon 2020, welcomed the participants, praising them for the success of the activities.

The event hosted some important national and international personalities of the open data world:

  • Francesca De Chiara  (Govlab Fellow at New York University & Researcher at Digital Commons Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler), open data expert since 2011, showed a video about the Open Government Partnership, in order to explain the origins of the debate around open data and how governments use public data to solve daily life problems. She mentioned some collaborative platforms for the production of open data, such as OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia;
  • Conchita D’Ambrosio (Route-To-PA Ethical Advisor, Economics Professor at the University of Luxembourg), producer and user of open data, analyses how some particular events influence people, using and producing open data. During her speech, she pointed out the role of the students that have to face a considerable challenge due to the changes occurred to the world of work, and how experiences like that, which connect new technologies with open data, can be useful for them.
  • Jerry Andriessen (Wise & Munro – Route-To-PA WP5 coordinator, The Hague, NL) showed the changes occurred to the Route-To-PA project over the years, analysing in particular the importance of the pilot activities.

Afterwards, the students took the floor, presenting their School-to-work transition experience in collaboration with Hetor. The schools involved in the Hetor activities are:

  • I.I.S. “A.M. Maffucci” High School – Calitri (Av)
  • I.I.S.S. “G.B. Vico” High School – Nocera Inferiore (Sa)
  • I.S.I.S. “Ferraris – Buccini” High School – Marcianise (Ce)
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale “A. Diaz” High School – San Nicola La Strada (Ce)
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale “P.S. Mancini” High School – Avellino (Av)
  • “ProfAgri Salerno” High School – separate branch of Castel San Giorgio (Sa)

The students realized 36 datasets:

Churches and Art Places
Alta Irpinia production firms
Rural Homes
Alta Irpinia Local farms
Bisaccia Local History
Ancient Professions and Arts – Professions section
Ancient Professions and Arts – Objects section

Open Museum: the promotion of the Nocera Inferiore G. B. Vico High School Heritage
Nocera Inferiore Cultural Itineraries
Nocera Inferiore Cultural Itineraries – contemporary tour: the disused factories

History of Carnival floats of Marcianise and neighbouring cities
Brewery census in Campania
Pizzerias in Campania
Churches and places of worship in Caserta

Central Political Registry of Caserta province
San Nicola La Strada Open Museum of Rural Culture
Minor Local Resources of San Nicola La Strada
Annotated street guide of San Nicola la Strada
Ancient and medieval Itineraries of the province of Caserta
Modern Itineraries of the province of Caserta
Contemporary Itineraries of the province of Caserta
San Nicola La Strada Churches S. Maria delle Grazie, S. Maria degli Angeli, S. Maria della Pietà

Irpinia Museum
Irpinia Museum – Epigraphs section
Historical Trademarks of Avellino province
Central Political Registry of the province of Avellino

Agricultural weather stations in Campania
Certified breeding farms in Campania for the production of buffalo mozzarella
Certified cheese factories in Campania for the production of buffalo mozzarella
Fair trade groups
Natural local productions
Campania Region certified wines D.O.C.G., D.O.C. e I.G.P.
Campania Region organic food companies
Campania Region didactic farms
Firms associated with ANICAV
Campania Region Agriculture assistance centres

In a second phase, students presented the posters that were expressly created for the event to the participants, explaining the process of datasets’ realization, from the sources research to the creation of the dataset and datalets.

At the conclusion of the posters’ presentation, Mirjam Pardijs (Wise & Munro,  e Learning research For understanding practices of learning, The Hague, NL), and Jerry Andriessen, praised the students for their works, emphasising the importance of their role within the Route-To-PA project and their abilities in using the SPOD Platform in a very productive way.

At the end of the event, Professor Vittorio Scarano congratulated the schools on their achieved results, conferring to each school a certificate of merit.

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The ROUTE-TO-PA project – Raising Open and User-friendly Transparency-Enabling Technologies fOr Public Administrations – aims at improving the engagement of citizens by making them able to socially interact over open data, by forming or joining existing online communities that share common interest and discuss common issues.