HOMER is the strategic MED project that focuses on the theme of Open Data, a world-wide policy aiming at making available and exploitable Public Sector Information (PSI). Governments are increasingly recognising the benefits of making their data open and reusable. The first is transparency: simply opening PSI, citizens can be better informed and participate in the decision making process. The second is linked to the economic value of PSI, whose wider re-use is considered a primary content resource for the development of digital markets.
The overall goal of HOMER is to contribute to unlock the full potential of the Public Sector Information in the Mediterranean space, by contributing to make the all area a competitive territory, able to match global competition and to ensure a sustainable growth and employment for the next generations.
In line with the EU Digital Agenda, HOMER will facilitate the wider deployment of PSI in Spain, Italy, France, Malta, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus and Montenegro, enabling their public governments to better address the legal, cultural and technological challenges linked to PSI policy.
Starting from exposing 5 strategic sectors, characterising the MED political agenda of the next decades (Agriculture, Tourism, Environment, Energy and Culture), consistent with the NSRF strategies of the partners and linked to the commitment of their internal departments, a dedicated Task Force composed of IT and Open data experts will be able to support HOMER institutional partners to face the legal cultural and technological obstacles of Open Data policy.
In this way, during its first phase, HOMER will be able to open hundreds of public datasets, enhancing digital heritage transparency across the Mediterranean.
To aggregate all the relevant stakeholders involved in national or regional Open data initiatives, currently fragmented across the Mediterranean area, in order to efficiently tackle the Open data challenge together, capitalising existing know how and good practices at transnational level;
To identify the main obstacles of a wider re-use of PSI at MED level, addressing the specific legal, cultural and technological barriers of PSI;
To set up an effective strategy able to harmonise Open data policy and portals across the area, supporting regional and local governments of Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus and Montenegro to implement their Open data policies;
To ensure that the Open Data strategy is transferable and re-usable by a large number of public administrations in the MED area, addressing 5 key sectors characterising the political agenda of the entire MED economy (tourism, culture, agriculture, energy, environment) and by stimulating transferable solutions and applications;
To set up the basis for a transnational digital market in the Mediterranean area, setting up MED PSI Federation, thus promoting interoperable and multilingual solutions and the development of a Mediterranean community of stakeholders;
To raise awareness and test the economic benefits of making public data open and reusable, implementing a transnational hackaton and parallel contests in 5 Mediterranean territories;
To raise awareness and test the social and political benefits of making public data open and reusable, implementing in 5 territories local events aiming at stimulating the access to PSI by citizens through user-involvement and creative bottom up approach;
To ensure that all the governments in the Mediterranean space are aware about the results achieved by the project, by implementing an effective dissemination and capitalisation strategy able to achieve long-lasting sustainability of the MED PSI federation, in synergy with existing transnational/interregional/national networks and with European Commission initiatives on Open data;
To ensure the achievement of the necessary legal, technological and political standards for the next programming period 2014-2020, enabling the MED area to fully exploit the benefits of the Single Digital Market, by promoting a correct revision of the PSI Directive.