[epsi-coord] update Conference - talks with Lukasz

Marc de Vries info at devriesmarc.nl
Tue Dec 11 18:08:50 GMT 2012

Dear all,


This afternoon I had a chat with Lukasz. Please find below an update, and
please note that it holds specific points for actions for most of you,
marked with an @ and underlined.


1.       Lukasz has managed to bring in high level Polish representatives
for the opening session, being:

a.  Michal Boni
<http://www.eu-ems.com/speakers.asp?event_id=96&page_id=677#s1153>  -
Minster for IT in Poland - who will be talking about a law on open resources
which he will launch in the next month (15 mins)

b.  Raphael Trzaskowski
id=775868CDC9FDDCFA97DFE8CBDE4BA6A5.node2>  - Member of the European
Parliament - who will address the main theme of the conference: 'Gotcha! -
getting everybody on board' (10 mins)

Of course, at this level, there is always a risk that they will drop out
last minute, but having two of them reduces that risk. Also Lukasz and
agreed that, given this high level, we should not lengthen the opening
session by requesting a video from Ms Kroes. So we will just leave that.


2.       As to speakers in the parallel sessions:

a.  Session C: Open Data in Poland: the state of play (ePSI team member
responsible: Daniel) 

An expert from the Polish Ombudsman has offered to participate. Also Lukasz
has other good contacts. @Daniel, please continue the contact you already
established with Lukasz.

b.  Session E: Privacy by design (ePSI team member responsible Hans/Katleen)

Two key experts from Poland have committed themselves to participate: dr
Wojciech Wiewiorowski - Polish Data protection Officer and Xaweri Konarski -
partner in the leading law firm in Poland on ICT and law. @Hans, Katleen, it
would be good if you could pick up the dialogue with them (via Lukasz), also
stressing the point that this is not a purely legal session, but rather from
the angle of how technology can help addressing privacy when opening up

c.  Session F: Session Being small: incubating Open data policy in small
countries (ePSI team member responsible Ton) 

Lukasz strongly suggests to officially invite Gabriella Ivacs (national
Archives Hungary), who has a lot of interesting things to say. @Ton, can you
follow up together with Lukasz (I know that you are in contact already, and
you have a lot of other interesting names in there)? You could also consider
inviting Hristo Konstantinov from APIS Bulgaria, a legal publisher that is
using case law from Bulgarian courts (and who has been attacked by the
Bulgarian government that wants to exploit the information themselves. I met
him some weeks ago in Brussels and he certainly would like to come to

d.  Session G: Big data and open data: two of a kind? (ePSI team member
responsible Tom)

Lukasz can bring in Polish reps from either IBM or Microsoft. We agreed that
it will be good to have them, irrespective of whether they will sponsor or
not. @Tom, can you pick up the dialogue with them, via Lukasz?

e.  Session H: Licensing of Open Data: Creative Commons, own or none... what
is best? 

Alek Tarkowski, Lukasz colleague, is certainly in. He is the CC leader in
Poland. @Katleen, can you follow up via Lukasz?


3.       Also, we have a few other people from the University of Poland of
the Cyber Law department that we should definitely involve. It concerns: 

a.  dr Arwid Mednis, the leader of the department and an expert in Polish
internet-related law circles and two of his students: 

b.  Przemek Pałka, law student, head of the CyberLaw scientific circle. He
recently analysed the issue of the public information in the context of
personal privacy (and how the privacy is being used not to reveal public
information) and of public information pricing.  He could talk, how the
price for access to data should be set not to block the right to access
these data, but to avoid abuse of this right, and

c.  Jan Chmielewski, law student, member of the CyberLaw - he specialises in
re-use and in the problems caused by copyrighted information in public data.
He could cover the issue of access to public information (and the re-use of
it) in a situation, when somebody adds something to the public information
and says now it's copyrighted - how to real with the issue and where is the

Obviously, they would fit well in the session on Open data in Poland
(Daniel), but it might also fit into the session on licencing (Katleen).
Possibly, we could also think of something different: like what should legal
research be focusing on the coming years? We may want to use the open mic
session for that. @all, please consider and let's discuss our next CC.  


4.       I would very much like to finalize the program as soon as possible,
so @all could you please:

a.  Chase your speakers and moderators and get their confirmations in

b.  Fill out the description of your sessions and mail that back to me this
week (see my email of 5/12 below)

c.  Market the event in your networks


5.       Finally, Lukasz has also kindly offered to host the day before
event (ePSI Workshop) and the Saturday Open Data Hackday at his office
(where we can certainly bring in around 30 people). As to the Hackday, he
wondered whether we could help him with the organisation. I told him that we
have experiences in this field. @Ton, Daniel: would you be able to help out
and discuss this when you touch base with Lukasz? Possibly, also Paul
Suykerbuyk and Frank Verschoor could step in (they offered to help as well).


OK, so far so good. We will walk through the status during the CC next








Van: Marc de Vries [mailto:info at devriesmarc.nl]  
Verzonden: woensdag 5 december 2012 11:31
Aan: 'epsi-coord at lists.okfn.org'
Onderwerp: follow up on our CC 3/12 - Warsaw Conference


Dear all,


Monday we had a lengthy chat on the Warsaw Conference. The logistics are to
a large extent dealt with, as well as the program. The crucial thing right
now is to (a) market the event and (b) get the speakers in. To remain within
planning, we need to do this in the coming 1-2 weeks.


As discussed, we allocated the task to invite speakers between ourselves.
Essentially, there are three roles: (a) the team leader over the session
(you) that has the overall responsibility and coordination over the session
(b) the moderator (possibly also being one of the speakers), who is
responsible for the substance of the session and the plan how to go about,
including time management and keeping the speakers on a leash (c) the
speakers who will give short presentations about the subject of the session.
Yesterday I sent you draft letters that you can use to invite your speakers
as well as follow up templates your moderators can use towards the speakers.
So the sequence of things is:

1.       You identify and invite your speakers and moderator (draft
invitation sent to you on Monday)

2.       After confirmation, you call the moderator and discuss with him
your and his/her ideas as to the substance

3.       After that the moderator picks this up and fines tunes everything
with the speakers (draft follow up messages to moderator and a draft for
him/her to sent out to the speakers sent to you on Monday)

4.       You keep the coordination and you are the linking pin between your
session and the project


To give your speakers an idea of where you would like to head with the
session, you need to expand a bit on the title of the session, preferably in
the form of a dilemma or description of the tensions or big questions
surrounding this issue. As an example, I drafted something on the session of
liability and charging. I would be pleased if you could do so by next
Monday, allowing me to also include this in the program.





Short description


Transport Data: from local to national to European




Open Data and liability: fiction or faith?


In spite of large ambitions in the field of open data, governments are often
scared off by potential liabilities that may arise when opening up data for
re-use. What are the type of risks we are talking about and to what extent
are they real? Assessing this, what are the yardsticks to be applied? And to
the extent that they are real, how can they be addressed? This session will
provide all answers!


Open Data in Poland: the state of play




Charging policies in practice: experiences from the Satellite data domain 


Should governments recover parts of their public task costs from charging
for re-use, or should they rather provide the data for free? The new
European GMES program that will start off in 2013 will generate an
unprecedented amount and quality of satellite data: Where this is a 'new'
type of PSI, without charging policy legacy, it provides a perfect case for
addressing this charging dilemma, that may teach us wise lessons for the
future. Anybody interested in pricing of PSI should not miss this one. 


Privacy by design: 




Being small: incubating Open data policy in small countries 




Big data and open data: two of a kind?




Licensing of Open Data: Creative Commons, own or none... what is needed?




Crisis and open data: a show stopper or accelerator?




Let's turn this last ePSI event into a real success and let's make sure we
enjoy it.







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