Following the example of the US, and originally of DC, many government agencies are taking the lead towards open data by building data catalogues for reuse. But in most countries, this is not happening thanks to government only. Instead, bottom-up initiative are flourishing to create data catalogues: as a data repository, we can refer to CKAN . For repositories of open data initiatives and good practice, we can find them on

Italy is certainly not at the forefront of the open data movement, yet things are happening.
Alberto with other friends is now collecting publicly available dataset. Basically, just post links to public datasets that you know as a comment to his blog entry, or here.

That’s a small step for a blogger, a potentially big leap for trasnparency in Italy. Or as Tom Steinberg says, “chinks in the armour where improvements are possible, whether with the consent of government or not”