[okfn-it] opendatachallenge

Lorenzo Benussi lorenzo.benussi a top-ix.org
Mer 6 Apr 2011 08:34:46 UTC

Probabilmente avrete giÓ avuto la notizia, ma mi fa piacere diffonderla comunque. 
E' iniziata OpenDataChallenge (...mancano solo 59 giorni)

Segue il testo della press release e il pdf.
Con preghiera di massima diffusione.
ciao, lorenzo


### PRESS RELEASE: Governments, IT companies, independent software
developers and citizens team up to launch Europe’s biggest ever public
data competition (5th April 2011)

The Open Data Challenge launches this week offering €20,000 in prize
money to encourage people to think of interesting ways of reusing
public data for the benefit of European citizens. The pan-European
competition encourages those with programming skills to have a go at
building their dream app using public data. But it doesn’t matter if
you aren’t a computer geek. There’s a section of the competition
called ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if...?’, which allows anyone to submit an
idea for how to reuse public data.

Public bodies generate a huge amount of data about every aspect of our
lives; everything from how our hard earned tax is spent to statistics
about bicycle accidents on inner city roads. Much of this data never
sees the light of day, and just sits gathering dust in a bureaucrat’s
office, but this is changing.

Communities of software developers have emerged in the past few years
with the aim of transforming government data into useful web and
mobile applications for all to benefit from. For example in the UK,
citizens can use services such as TheyWorkForYou.com to find out what
their local representative says in parliament or
WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org to find out where their tax money is spent.

Mobile developers are using public data to develop apps to tell people
about everything from train times to the locations of postboxes or
cultural heritage sites. Large IT companies are also investing time
and money in this area.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital
Agenda, said: "I believe governments should embrace open data. This
competition is a great opportunity to demonstrate why. And it comes at
an appropriate moment to feed into our work on an update of the EU
directive on the re-use of public sector information which forms the
legal basis of much of the public open data available today."

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and
Transparency and Open Data Adviser to the UK Government, is on the
competition’s judging panel. "Web apps can provide great benefit by
combining open data from different sources and displaying it in
exciting and intuitive ways," Berners-Lee commented about the Open
Data Challenge.

Professor Nigel Shadboldt sits on the UK government’s Public Sector
Transparency Board. “Open data makes governments transparent,
accountable and efficient. It can create social and economic value. At
a European level open data could be transformative and this
competition will show how,” he said.

The Open Data Challenge has been organized by the Open Knowledge
Foundation and Openforum Academy, the sister organization of Openforum
Europe, under the auspices of the Share-PSI.eu initiative.

Further details about the competition are available at:
http://opendatachallenge.org/ , or from the contacts listed below:

Daniel Dietrich (Berlin) / daniel.dietrich a okfn.org / +49 (0) 1717 808 703
Jason Kitcat (Brighton) / jason.kitcat a okfn.org / +44 (0) 7956 886 508
Paul Meller (Brussels) / paul a openforumeurope.org / +32 (0) 497 322 966

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