Open Government Data: Fostering Innovation

  • Ivan Bedini Trento Rise
  • Feroz Farazi University of Trento
  • David Leoni University of Trento
  • Juan Pane National University of Asunción
  • Ivan Tankoyeu University of Trento
  • Stefano Leucci University of Trento
Keywords: open government data, public sector information, e-infrastructures, Web 2.0, social media

Abstract

The provision of public information contributes to the enrichment and enhancement of the data produced by the government as part of its activities, and the transformation of heterogeneous data into information and knowledge. This process of opening changes the operational mode of public administrations, leveraging the data management, encouraging savings and especially in promoting the development of services in subsidiary and collaborative form between public and private entities. The demand for new services also promotes renewed entrepreneurship centred on responding to new social and territorial needs through new technologies. In this sense we speak of Open Data as an enabling infrastructure for the development of innovation and as an instrument to the development and diffusion of Innovation and Communications Technology (ICT) in the public system as well as creating space for innovation for businesses, particularly SMEs, based on the exploitation of information assets of the territory. The Open Data Trentino Project has initiated and fosters the process of opening of public information and develops as a natural consequence of this process of openness, the creation of innovative services for and with the citizens. In this paper we present how our project acts on long-chain, from raw data till reusable meaningful and scalable knowledge base that leads to the production of data reuse through the implementation of services that will enhance and transform the data into information capable of responding to specific questions efficiency and innovation.

Author Biographies

Ivan Bedini, Trento Rise

Ivan Bedini is Team Leader for the Open Big Data collaborative project at Trento RISE. As team leader Ivan is responsible of the development and maintenance of innovative solutions for the collection, integration and analysis of Open Big Data linked with the Open Data portal of Trentino. Previously Ivan has been Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs Research Ireland, where he has been active contributor of the Semantic Data Access (SDA), and for the BigData analytics project. Prior to joining Bell Labs in 2010, he was researcher at Orange Labs France in the Enterprise Applications and the Trust & Secure Transactions research departments. During ten years at Orange Labs he held different roles as developer, technical expert and project manager, and specialized in the domains of Business Process Management, e-business, knowledge engineering and Semantic Technologies. He has also four years of contribution to standardization bodies as member of the UN/CEFACT Information Content Management Group and member of OASIS ebXML Registry/Repository Committee. He received his PhD from the University of Versailles, France, in 2009. He is expert in Information Extraction, Data Integration, Semantic Technologies, BigData technologies and distributed computing.

Feroz Farazi, University of Trento
Feroz Farazi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Trento (UNITN) in Italy. Currently he is working in the Open Data Project (http://www.provincia.tn.it/progetto_open_data/) funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento. He obtained a PhD degree in Computer Science from UNITN in 2010. His research interests include Knowledge Management, Ontologies, the Semantic Web and Data Integration. He has authored several publications including a book entitled “Faceted Lightweight Ontologies: A Formalization and Some Experiments”. He has collaborated in the development of GeoWordNet knowledge base at UNITN from 2009 to 2010. He has also collaborated in the Semantic Geo-Catalogue project funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento. He served as an assistant professor from 2003 to 2006 in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He also served as a lecturer in the department of CSE at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh from 2001 to 2003
Published
2014-11-14
How to Cite
Bedini, I., Farazi, F., Leoni, D., Pane, J., Tankoyeu, I., & Leucci, S. (2014). Open Government Data: Fostering Innovation. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 6(1), 69-79. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v6i1.329
Section
Special Issue: Invited Papers