[epsi-coord] descriptions of all parallel sessions

Marc de Vries info at devriesmarc.nl
Thu Dec 20 18:28:23 GMT 2012

Dear all,


I have now compiled all descriptions of all sessions.


In order to create consistency I changed some of your descriptions, however,
trying no to change the big picture.


Nevertheless, before releasing this, I would like you to check whether you
are OK with this description, as it will set the scene for your sessions.


Thanks, M.



Substance of the parallel session


Track A - Transport Data: from local to national to European (11.30 - 12.30)

Transportation is a major metropolitan and in fact global issue, which has a
direct impact on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social
equity. Transport data are largely produced and/or gathered by public sector
organisations or semi-private entities and have value for many groups of
users. Driven by fast technological developments, demand for high quality
interoperable and open transport data is rising rapidly. How to fully
exploit the opportunities? Should the market lead this, or should
governments help? And if so in what respect and at what level (local,
national, European)?


Track B - Open Data and liability: fiction or faith? (11.30 - 12.30)

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!


Track C - Open Data in Poland: the state of play (11.30 - 12.30)

This session will introduce the most awesome and interesting PSI reuse
projects of the last year(s) in Poland. Polish pioneers and practitioners
will briefly introduce their trailblazing PSI reuse projects. After the
round of presentations we will look into specific challenges and lessons
learned from these projects. Starting from there we will shift the
discussion to broader PSI reuse issues, such as the legislative framework
and data release practice, access and pricing in Poland and discuss how
barriers could be overcome.


Track D - Charging policies: practice and theories (13.30 - 14.25)

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!


Track E - Open data and privacy: privacy by design as the answer to all our
problems? (13.30 - 14.25)

Open data holds a wealth of information on government and society, but also
on ourselves. As a lot of PSI contains personal data, the opening up of all
these data has sparked concerns over the individual's privacy. Are there
technical and practical solutions that can be used to address this concern?
What can privacy by design mean for open data? This session will demonstrate
that, with the right tools, privacy and transparency can go hand in hand!


Track F - Being small: incubating Open data policy in small countries (13.30
- 14.25)

Studies on the 'business case' for opening up PSI mostly concentrate on the
economic effects of opening up governmental data. However, in small
countries, in particular those with unique native languages the home market
is limited, turning the arguments of increased down stream activities into
less strong ones. This session looks into the 'other' arguments and the
validity thereof within this specific setting. Not to be missed if you are
from a 'small' Member State!


Track G - Big data and open data: two of a kind? (14.35 - 15.30)

Big Data is the newest hype in the world of data. But what is behind it and
how does it connect to Open Data? What are the similarities and what are the
differences. And how do they connect and how can they reinforce each other?
An explorative journey into Open and Big Data land!


Track H - Licensing of Open Data: Creative Commons, own or none... what is
needed? (14.35 - 15.30)

Governments and public bodies throughout Europe are opting for different
solutions as to licensing their data. While some are creating their own
licence schemes, others rely on Creative Commons, whereas  some do not even
impose any licence at all. So, is there a 'best' solution? What about the
user perspective: do these licences allow the combination of multiple
datasets? And would there be technical solutions for simplifying 'licence
stacking'? This session puts it all on the table!


Track I - Crisis and open data: a show stopper or accelerator? (14.35 -

How does the current economic crisis affect governmental policies on PSI
re-use? And how does it affect the actual release of data? Should and can
data be released at zero or marginal costs in times of tight budgets? Or
could open data even help to solve this economic crisis? Panelists from
countries being hit by the crisis will provide their expert views! 


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