Open Government Data: New Territories

– Short Talks

Monday 16 September, 15.30 – 17:00 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Moderator: Giorgio Pauletto, Founding Board Member,


Prof Helbing will show that the current kind of globalization and technological progress, combined with the growing complexity of our techno-socio-economic-environmental systems, creates increasing systemic risks. Presently, there are two trends to counter the resulting destabilization of our world: the establishment of a surveillance and punishment society, and the establishment of a reputation society. Prof Helbing will argue that the first trend is destined to fail, as it cannot unleash the potential of complex systems, diversity, and many networked minds. The second trend, in contrast, enables a sustainable and resilient solution for the emerging information society of the 21st century. Prof Helbing will sketch what kinds of ICT system designs will be needed, and how they can boost ourselves into an age of creativity and a new kind of economy, the economy 2.0. This will be a self-regulating, open, and participatory market society, if only the right decisions are taken.

This talk will look at the junction between openness and personal information. Second wave open data programmes potentially conflict with privacy as personal information – schools, hospitals – is increasingly being brought into the picture. At the same time more people want to share their data to help find solutions to challenges in health and other areas. We will look at the concrete challenges: predictive analytics, anonymisation, EU data protection rules, etc. We will also explore possible ways forward, such as tools to control personal data and alternative data governance models.

      • Serious Issues need Serious Data: Build the triangle!

        Ton Zijlstra, Independent Consultant on Change, Complexity, Knowledge Work, Learning

In order to solve real issues with open data we need to get more serious with opening up serious data. A quick primer on defining your real data needs so you know what to look for.

      • Yes CKAN! The next generation of open data management

        – Irina Bolychevsky, Open Knowledge Foundation

Open data management is a rapidly evolving field. The CKAN open source platform, instrumental in launching in the early days, has grown and matured immensively and gradually established itself as a global standard. Join us in reviewing the new features of CKAN 2.0, learning from case studies and recent projects (, Queensland Australia and the new Canadian data portal) and planning where the future of open data will take us.

This will be a chance for people who have heard of CKAN before (or of, etc) to learn more about it, see where it’s going next and find out how to get their own portal.

To ensure that opening up government data is a long term commitment, it must be mandate it across government from the top through official policy; adoption actively encouraged and supported; adoption monitored; and measured in terms of integration into core business planning and how embedded the release of open data is in everyday processes. Proactive release of public data must become the new business as usual.

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