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1st International Open Data Dialog

5. Dezember 2012 – 6. Dezember 2012 @ Fraunhofer FOKUS, Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31, 10589 Berlin

1st International Open Data Dialog

Potentials for urban innovation and new businesses

Be it environmental data, public utility data, geo data, or some other data – the open data approach is a way to open up the most important resource of the 21st century – information – and further develop our knowledge-based society. Innovation happens when data is open, available online, structured, and readable by man and machine.

Open data is hardly a new concept, its origins being easily traced to open science data, a fairly common practice among scientists. Its translation to governmental data is credited to Edd Dumbill in the 2005 XTech conference, acknowledged by the OECD, and supported by Tim Bray and Tim O’Reilly in 2006.  Actors in the modern society will have to decide to what extent they want to share information with third parties, such as application developers or commercial companies, without losing a competitive advantage, or worse, violating the privacy of its users.

No one will be able to take this step on their own. Administrations, economies, and societies must come together to open up the potential of data. For example, the availability of infrastructure data, environmental data, and demographic data would enable citizens, NGOs, or companies to combine these to produce a family friendly map. Furthermore, public agencies would improve the quality of their data by publishing their data and offering third-parties the opportunity to point out errors or gaps.

The provision of open data will make processes and their underlying information and communication systems more understandable and strengthen the trust between industry, governments and civil societies. With the Internet of Things, the mounds of data will continue to grow. It is for these reasons that we should manage them – competently, conceptually, and jointly.

The Open Data Dialog seeks targeting industry, civil society, government and research to discuss about the status, needs and challenges in opening data to the public – not only from the public, but from various stakeholders. We will review and discuss about new business cases and businesses being established on open data as well as review and discuss organizational, legal and regulatory setting for open data.

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