Policy and technology: a "longue durée" view

Random thoughts on policy for technology and on technology for policy


May 2014

Mapping the EU data economy: inspiring cases of #dataintensivepolicy #policy20

One of the most interesting projects of this year is the EU data market study. With IDC, we have to define, map, measure and engage the big data landscape in Europe.

We are now working on a report of data-intensive policy making. Basically it’s about the use of big data in decision making in government.

We’re identifying inspiring cases to show what are the risks and opportunities of big data applied to policy making.

Projects we consider as inspiring are:

As usual, we’ve set up a Diigo group where we collect relevant cases. Please join the group and submit relevant cases, or simply tweet such cases using #dataintensivepolicy

What are the most inspiring examples of data intensive policy making?

Open government for growth: learning from the best at #forumpa Rome 29th January

In the context of a project for the European Commission, we’re organising an event in collaboration with ForumPA  (the biggest e-gov fair in Italy) in Rome in a week or so.

The goal is to build on the policy recommendations that we developed with stakeholders at the last workshop in Brussels. How does open government help us to untangle new opportunities for growth?

The key issues to be addressed cover:

  • Governance, policy and strategy: e.g. how to avoid fragmentation and ensure long-term innovation?
  • Cultural change and uptake: e.g. how to establish trust between government and business?
  • Implementation, standards and technology: e.g. how to ensure integration within the publis sector and with third party service provider?
  • Feedback and service re-design: e.g. how to channel it in the institutional process to stimulate innovation and high-quality service delivery?

The work will be opened by the European Commission. We’re then having some of my favourite initiatives coming there to speak:

  • – the Greek government Diavgeia initiative
  • – Barcelona Smart City
  • – Helsinki CitySDK
  • – Network analysis built on OpenCoesione data
  • – the Bulgarian Single Point of Contact for business
  • – the Wheresmyvillo Belgian initiative to monitor public-private partnership

The workshop will be highly interactive, alternating cases studies with policy discussion.We will also use the app to vote, helped by its developer who will participate to the workshop.

At the end, we should come up with hands on recommendations for the next European Commission on how to stimulate growth through openness!



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