The conference called "Open Data in Italy and Europe", held in Cagliari on February 3 and 4, came to an end. The event, organized by the Regione Autonoma di Sardinia within the framework of the international project HOMER, gathered more than one hundred people among whom there were HOMER partners as well as high-level regional policy-makers and international stakeholders (researchers, private sector, civil society and higher education staff, among others).
At the opening session, the competent authorities of the host region highlighted the importance of Open Data in the implementation of open government and participatory democracy.
Meanwhile, HOMER partners presented the project milestones with particular emphasis on the need to undertake future actions in order to capitalize the results, continue with the initiatives already started and promote supporting the HOMER Federation through the adhesion to the Manifesto. In addition, the representatives of HOMER partner regions presented interesting Open Data initiatives which have already been developed by their regional administrations.
The role of Open Data and its contribution to the processes of participatory democracy were issues approached by different specialists from the private and public sphere. They addressed essential but different aspects such as the privacy of information, awareness-raising and promotion of participation at various levels, as well as the relationship between big data and open data. Likewise, various initiatives such as OpenEXPO or the OpenDataDay experience were also presented. They are currently contributing to foster citizen participation and give transparency to the actions promoted by public administrations.
Finally, the Conference was focussed on the challenges of the future, considering not only the potentials of Open Data but also the barriers that currently limit its development, as well as the importance of its relationship with strategic developments at regional and community level such as the Smart Specialisation Strategies or Territorial Cooperation Programmes such as ENI CBC-MED.
On the second day, HOMER partners held the last Steering Committee so as to deal with the completion of the project from the points of view of the results and technical and financial reports. The project will end on March 31, 2015.
Sardinia meetinf Feb.15


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