October 6, 2016 IODC0
  • The fourth edition of IODC16 convenes more than 1,500 guests from a hundred countries that will participate in the most relevant international meeting about open data.
  • The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society has highlighted the opportunity and recognition that this Conference brings to Spain.
  • The event deepens in the international roadmap started by the Open Data for Development Network in the 2015 Ottawa edition.  
  • The geographic location of Spain and its reputation as a leading country in the open data field have been crucial for its election as the base of this year’s edition.

Thursday, October 6, 2016. Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society, opened the 4th International Open Data Conference, IODC16, which will close tomorrow Friday, October 7, at the IFEMA Convention Center (Madrid, Spain). During his intervention, Mr. Calvo-Sotelo, highlighted the opportunity and recognition that the celebration of this internationally recognized gathering of the global open data community brings to Spain. IODC16, under the motto ‘Global goals, local impact,’ has been organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, along with the World Bank, the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D).

The Secretary of State was accompanied onstage by the Councilman of Citizen Participation, Transparency and Open Government at the Madrid Town Council, Pablo Soto; the Director of Technology and Innovation at the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), Naser Faruqui; the Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group, Haishan Fu, and the Acting Director of the European Commission, Javier Hernández-Ros.

During his intervention, the Secretary of State insisted on the need for a thorough learning during the course of the Conference so as to promote the data-opening concept and data reuse as determining elements for the economic development and as a high-value service for the citizen. In this line, Mr. Calvo-Sotelo indicated that the open data sector has a direct impact on the Spanish economy of about 1,600 million Euros. 700 million of these plus 5,000 job positions were directly related with public databases in 2015.

He also highlighted the improvement of public services, estimating that data reuse allows saving 7,000 lives per year, as it improves health response, reducing the waiting-time for finding a parking spot by 2,549 hours, or reducing energy consumption by 16%, among many other purposes.

The other authorities intervening in the opening ceremony have also addressed the role of public administrations in the release of information, which helps creating a large number of opportunities to generate new business models and provides the citizen with added value, such as the mapping of areas prone to flooding; where public money goes; the destination of donations during a natural disaster; the visualization of market prices for medicines; the offer of local information, such as the quantity of available parking spots; air quality or noise levels, among others.

An ambitious multi-topic programme

IODC16 convenes more than 1,500 participants coming from more than a hundred countries who will attend the 82 sessions scheduled during the event. More than 330 experts from 50 different countries will show their work and reflections on the importance of open data as a high-value asset in 24 sectors including healthcare, environment, journalism, agriculture, education, transport or smart cities.

Among the issues addressed, there is the analysis of the role of the international roadmap elaborated by the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D) during the previous edition held in Ottawa, and how debates at IODC16 can promote a greater local impact.

Economy and businesses are other topics of interest at the Conference, with sessions gathering corporate executives from multinationals such as Telefónica or Amazon Web Services, along with representatives of the Open Data Institute and the World Bank.

During the sessions, participants will also assess the challenges and opportunities that open data can generate to achieve an optimal use of production and extend the use of official statistics to support the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO).

Also, adding to the abovementioned information, the sessions will address the management of natural resources through the promotion of environmental data, the provision of services in healthcare and education, fiscal transparency through open budget data, the access to information through proactive divulgation of the fight against corruption, besides highlighting the opportunities presented by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to extend and deepen in those efforts.

Global regional initiatives

At IODC16 there is also a space to know the different open data projects being executed on the main existing interest areas. This way, regional talks have specialists coming from everywhere in the world.

Madrid, open data capital

The election of Madrid as the host city of the event is motivated by its privileged geographical location, which has helped to promote the participation of North Africa and Latin America in IODC16. Also, Spain is one of the leading member states in open data and a reference for other countries, as indicated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report ‘Government at a glance,’ which places the country in sixth position. Likewise, the Open Data Barometer, developed by the Web Foundation, place Spain in 31th position in a total of 86 countries, meaning an advancement of four position during this past two years.



October 4, 2016 IODC0

 

  • On Thursday, October 6, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, will open the Conference accompanied by international representatives from the open data sphere.
  • More than 250 experts from 42 countries will address 24 topics related with open data such as smart cities, transport, education, agriculture, environment, transparency or data journalism, among others.
  • The Ministry also co-organizes data-opening actions in culture, natural language and smart cities on Wednesday 5. These are part of a total of thirty IODC16 pre-events.

 

Date: Thursday, October 6

Place: Ifema North Convention Centre. Madrid.

Time: 09:00 a.m.



October 3, 2016 IODC0
  • The week starts today with the 6th edition of Encuentro Aporta, surfacing the importance of coordination and harmonization of data release.
  • About 250 speakers from more than 40 countries will address issues related with open data and transport, education, environment, agriculture and smart cities, among other issues, at the 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC16) on October 6 and 7.
  • On October 5, the Spanish Ministry of Industry will also co-organize actions for data release in the fields of culture, natural language and smart cities. These will be accompanied by other thirty events prior to the celebration of IODC16.
  • Data reuse has a direct impact on the citizens’ welfare: it has allowed saving 7,000 lives every year, improving health response and reducing energy consumption by 16%, as well as reducing the accident rate in European roads by 5.5%.

Monday, October 3, 2016. Organized by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society and the public business entity Red.es, the week that will set Madrid as the international capital of open data commences today with the celebration of more than thirty sectoral events, and will close with the celebration of the 4th International Open Data Conference, IODC16, on October 6 and 7. IODC16 is currently the most important annual event on open data in the world, and it takes place in Europe for the first time.

Encuentro Aporta opens the international open data week in its 6th edition, addressing the importance of the coordination and harmonization in the publication of data. This is a key aspect for Spain to maintain its international position within the international open data movement.

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society, Mr. Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, opened this morning the celebration of Encuentro Aporta. During his intervention, Mr. Calvo-Sotelo has stated that, thanks to the joint efforts of the Administration, Spain holds an important position in the international benchmarking. Public sector data make a quality asset that generates new opportunities for value creation in a digital society as is the case with the smart cities or the promotion of human language technologies.

4th International Open Data Conference, October 6 and 7

After the third edition, held in Ottawa (Canada), the 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC16) is being organized by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, along with the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D).

Under the official motto ‘Global Goals, Local Impact,’ more than 1,000 participants will attend the 80 sessions involving about 250 speakers coming from more than 40 different countries. The IODC16 speakers will show their work and reflections on the importance of open data as a high-value asset in 24 sectors including health, environment, journalism, agriculture, education, transport or smart cities, among other cross-cutting topics such as standardization, capacity building and learning, problem solving, and open data measuring and assessment mechanisms.

Data reuse has become an increasingly closer resource for citizens, who use them in applications to help them in everyday life. For that reason, use cases will be presented during the conference to prove how data use can make life easier and democratize the access to information: its use in the mapping of areas prone to flooding; how public money is being spent or the actual destination of donations during a natural disaster; visualization of market prices for medicines, the supply of local information such as available parking spots, air quality or noise levels; nutrition or the impact of tropical deforestation on climate change, among others.

More events prior to IODC16

From the thirty events held before IODC16, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism is also co-organizing on October 5 three sectoral meetings concerning open data in culture, natural language and smart cities.

The Workshop on open data and natural language processing systems will focus on the potential benefits from the confluence of open data and language technologies, and will address the social, economic, legal and technical challenges to be faced. Medialab-Prado will host the Open Cities Summit, whose objective is to comprehend how cities and their citizens are implementing open-data-driven measures. Finally, closing the pre-event agenda, the Spanish National Library will host an Open Data & Culture pre-event, which will discuss the obstacles faced by cultural institutions to launch the European directive of PSI Re-use, which extends the scope of action for libraries (including college libraries), museums and archives.

The value of open data

Open data are a valuable raw material to provide solutions in key sectors such as agriculture, nutrition, education or health services; but they also make a real impact on job creation, the provision of citizen-adapted services and the development of innovative solutions. The European Commission report Creating Value Through Open Data demonstrates that data re-use allows saving 7,000 lives every year by improving sanitary response, reducing energy consumption by 16%, or reducing the accident rate in European roads by 5.5%.

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July 26, 2016 IODC0
  • Experts from more than 42 countries will address 24 thematic areas from the open data domain such as smart cities, transport, education, agriculture, environment, transparency or data journalism, among others.
  • The official programme has been released and the pre-registration period has been opened for those who wish to attend this important convention for the open data community. Attendance is free of charge and the pre-registration form is available on the website opendatacon.org.
  • The election of Spain to host the event for the first time in Europe means an opportunity to strengthen the positioning of our country as a model in the release of data.
  • According to data from ONTSI, the infomediary sector has reached in Spain a turnover of €500 million and currently generates 4,700 jobs.

Tuesday July 26th, 2016. The 4th International Open Data Conference has published the official programme of this international convention, celebrated for the first time in Europe on October 6 and 7 in Madrid, under the motto ‘Global goals, local impact.’

This event, organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society and the public business institution Red.es, will convene more than 250 speakers who will debate on 24 thematic areas related with open data. The Conference, which anticipates an attendance of 1,200 people, contemplates the organization of 76 sessions in different formats (workshops, round tables, panels, etc.).

IODC16 will have some of the most relevant personalities in the global open data sphere who will share their experience during plenary sessions, including presentations about the use of open data in business, the global reach of the sector and its impact at local level, the management of statistics, the possibilities that data bring to analyze all aspects of life, or the importance that data-extraction techniques and their use in the new forms of journalism have acquired.

Wide international involvement in the definition of the Programme

The heterogeneous content of the Conference agenda has been configured according to the 624 proposals submitted to the call for proposals from 76 countries by more than 440 different applicants from the open data community. Consequently, IODC16 has defined a complete programme, organized around the following categories:

  • Impact: open data initiatives with a real impact on people’s lives. These short sessions will present open data cases about different topics: territorial planning, assistance, agriculture, education, services, accountability, transport, humanitarian issues, culture, parliaments, business models, budgets, environment, journalism, cities, hacking data, science, anti-corruption, gender, inequality, disaster management, indigenous, extractives and language processing systems.
  • Action and Sharing sessions: lectures, meetings and work groups devised to keep configuring the roadmap for the open data community, focused on different lines of action: charter, standards, innovation, capacity building, measuring and increasing impacts and global goals. These sessions are intended to share the expertise of the field, to debate and collect best practices implemented by different collectives (companies, civic organizations and research groups, among others), as well as by governments from all across the world.
  • Main Conferences: these plenary sessions will address the latest and most relevant topics in the open data field at international level.
  • Regional Talks: sessions with representatives from all regions in the world.

 

More than 76 sessions to debate about open data

The heterogeneity of the IODC16 programme will bring attendees the opportunity to choose among a wide variety of lectures according to their interests or areas of activity.

IFEMA Convention Center will have more than six rooms where real impact cases related with open data will be presented, and from fields such as geo-spatial planning, transport, parliaments, inequality, gender, humanitarian and environmental issues, disaster management, education, science, data journalism, smart cities, accountability and transparency, among others.

The IODC16 programme also includes sessions aimed at the most professional aspect of the open data sector that will resume the topics started in previous editions –held in the United States and Canada–: the Charter, data publication standards, latest innovations in the field, capacity development, impact measuring and increase and global objectives. Sharing and Action sessions will be celebrated on the second day of the Conference.

Spain, open data leader – Public Sector Information reuse

Thanks to the contribution of all actors and the collective effort in the release of data that has been happening for years, Spain has stated its important position in the international context regarding the release of public data.

EPSI Platform, European project promoted by the European Commission, is a project that has positioned itself as a model and generates an international comparative called “The PSI Scoreboard,” where Spain holds second position in Europe, right behind the United Kingdom.

PSI reuse contributes to the creation of new added value services that generate new economic activity and improve citizens’ quality of life.

According to the reports elaborated by the ONTSI of Red.es, in Spain the infomediary sector –dedicated to the generation of products, applications or added value services from PSI information– reached a turnover of between 450 and 500 million and generated between 4,200 and 4,700 jobs.

If we add private sector information to PSI reuse, which often combine to generate added value services, the turnover of the infomediary sector would be of about €1,100 million.

The pre-registration period to attend IODC16 is now open

All those who wish to attend the 4th International Open Data Conference, IODC16, can make their free pre-registration through the form available on the Conference website, opendatacon.org, and that will be available until full capacity is reached.

4th International Open Data Conference

Organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society and the public business institution Red.es, jointly with the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), IODC16 is one of the most relevant meeting points to debate those issues established in the global open data agenda (Open Data Charter) and search for innovative solutions in areas such as education, transport, consumer goods, electricity, extractives, health and personal finances.

Under the motto ‘Global goals, local impact,’ IODC16 will continue the work initiated in prior editions and faces the challenge of opening new projects to the world, facilitating dialogue about the challenges that worry the international open data community and promoting the distribution of solutions to the issues raised.

The programme can be seen in detail at www.opendatacon.org/agenda

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March 21, 2016 IODC
  • The call enters its final phase with proposals from more than a dozen countries.
  • Selected speakers will participate directly during the Conference.

Madrid, March 21, 2016. The period for submitting proposals to define the programme of the 4th International Open Data Community (IODC16) –held on October 6 and 7 in Madrid, Spain– closes next April 3.

At IODC16, governments, civil society, multilateral organizations and private companies are gathering around a roadmap: the International Open Data Charter, to keep improving the governability, citizen engagement, innovation and international development of open data initiatives. Anyone can contribute to this movement sending their proposals (direct link to call for proposals).

The call for proposals is intended for the global open data community, and they will be able to submit proposals within the established period, with the objective of defining the Programme and participating directly in the development of the Conference, organized on the basis of three lines of work.

  • Call for impact: specific open data initiatives that have real impact on people’s lives.
  • Call for sharing: sessions focused on sharing the knowledge on the field, discuss specific topics or collect best practices implemented by different collectives (companies, civic organizations and research groups, among others, including governments from all over the world).
  • Call for action: lectures, forums and work groups with the objective of building a roadmap for the global open data community.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is April 3, 2016; then, there will be an evaluation period of six weeks. After the evaluation period, the selected authors will be informed and invited to take part in the official programme of the 4th International Open Data Conference.

For further information about the terms and conditions of the call for proposals, please visit the IODC16 website: opendatacon.org.

4ª International Open Data Conference

Organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society and the public institution Red.es, supported by international entities such as the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), IODC16 will be one of the foremost meeting points to debate the topics established in the International Open Data Charter, and search for innovative solutions in areas such as Education, Transport, Consumer products, Electricity, Extractive industries, Healthcare, and Personal finances.

Under the motto ‘Global Goals, Local Impact,’ IODC16 will continue the work initiated in the previous editions and undertakes the challenge of promoting new projects, facilitating dialogue about the situations that the international open data community has to face, and favour the diffusion of solutions to present problems.

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March 2, 2016 IODC
  • The importance and value of data in journalism, smart cities, or science, among other areas, will be covered in the Conference.
  • The sector of data has an economic potential of about three trillion dollars per year at international level.
  • The reuse of data allows saving 7,000 lives every year, as it improves health response, reducing energy consumption by 16%, or reducing the accident rate in European roads by 5,5%.
  • The Call for Proposals will be open from March 1 to April 3 for experts to submit proposals that contribute to the elaboration of the programme.

Madrid, February 29, 2016. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society and the public business institution Red.es, organize the 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC16), which will take place on October 6 and 7. IODC16 will be an essential meeting point for the global community, a place for debate on the future of open data, its value in different fields, and the potential economic and social benefits it generates (opendatacon.org).

After the third edition held in Ottawa (Canada), Madrid takes the baton and will be the location of the next edition of the Conference, supported by international entities such as the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D). Under the motto ‘Global Goals, Local Impact,’ IODC16 will continue the work initiated in the previous editions to discuss new opportunities and challenges related to the global open data community.

Open data make a real impact on job creation, the provision of public services, and the development of innovative solutions. The European Commission report Creating value through Open Data confirms that the reuse of data allows saving 7,000 lives every year, as it improves health response, reducing energy consumption by 16%, or reducing the accident rate in European roads by 5,5%.

Besides, data are a valuable raw material to offer solutions in key sectors such as agriculture, food industry, education or healthcare services. The international research made by Mckinsey shows an economic potential of up to three trillion dollars per year just for a total of seven key sectors: Education; Transport; Consumer products; Electricity; Extractive industries; Health, and Personal finances.

Objectives of IODC16

The 4th International Open Data Conference will convene countries from northern and southern hemispheres to set patterns and establish global open data collaboration policies that allow a wider social and economic development. Besides, it will take a significant collaborative effort from public and private sector, given the participation and dialogue between experts from various sectors, the open data community, senior officials, industry leaders and civil society representatives.

In this way, IODC16 will become one of the foremost meeting points to explore and debate topics already established in the open data agenda, with the objective of finding innovative and practical solutions in areas such as science, agriculture, smart cities, healthcare, environment, culture, education and data journalism.

The importance of this event for the global open data community is exemplified by the relevance of its lecturers. This year’s edition will be attended by high-level representatives like, among others, Alloysius Attah, co-founder and CEO at Farmerline, specialized in the collection and distribution of agricultural data in Ghana; Alejandro Maza, founder of OPI, Mexican company specialized in handling large volumes of data for the identification and resolution of social issues; and Carey Anne Nadeau, founder of Open Data Nation, specialized in the civic use of open data.

Three lines of action in IODC16: impact, action and sharing.

The Conference is organized on the basis of three lines of work: the ‘impact,’ which covers specific open data initiatives that have real impact on people’s lives; the ‘action,’ which includes lectures, forums and work groups with the objective of building a roadmap for the global open data community; and the ‘sharing,’ meant to share the knowledge on the field, discuss specific topics or collect best practices implemented by different collectives (companies, civic organizations and research groups, among others, including governments from all over the world).

Call for proposals

With the objective of defining a programme of interest for the entire open data community, the organization of the 4th International Open Data Conference will open a call for proposals. All applications must be submitted between March 1 and April 3. In this way, the whole community will have the chance to get involved in the creation of the agenda and the Conference programme. All the necessary information can be found on opendatacon.org.

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APPENDIX.

OPEN DATA: SOME INDICATORS

The opening of stored information held by public administrations and its accessibility for society has revealed countless opportunities to create new business models based on data reuse.

  • Considering Europe as a whole, the analyses made by demosEuropa estimate profits of about 200 billion Euros until 2020, provided that the potential of open data is combined with the potential of big data in a total of 21 strategic sectors. This would mean an increase of the GDP by 1.9% in Europe; today, that equals more than a year of economic growth.
  • The international research made by McKinsey shows an economic potential of up to four and a half trillion Euros per year just for a total of seven key sectors: education; transport; consumer products; electricity; extractive industries; health, and personal finances.
  • Omidyar Network’s report also predicts a cumulative growth of about ten trillion Euros for the G20 economies as a whole during the next five years. This represents an increase of 50% from the established growth objective for the same period.
  • In the case of the ASEDIE’s report about the infomediary sector for a total of 549 companies, results show a trading volume of 1,100 million Euros and more than 12,000 job positions.
  • The infomediary sector –dedicated to the generation of products, applications or added value services from public sector information– reached a trading volume of between 450 and 500 million and produced between 4,200 and 4,700 jobs, according to the Characterization Study of the Infomediary Sector in Spain during 2014 (Reuse of Public Sector Information), based on a study made by the National Observatory for Telecommunications and the Information Society (ONTSI), at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
  • A first study that analyzes the maturity level of the open data initiatives in the member states of the European Union, along with Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (EU-28), has been made within the framework of the recent project European Data Portal. Spain is included in the group of European leaders, as it reaches the highest values in the two indicators that it analyzes: availability of open data, and maturity level of open data portals. The results of the study show that the national open data sector has reached the optimal level of maturity and may serve as a reference for other countries that are working on improving their open data initiatives.
  • According to the report ‘Big & Open Data in Europe: A growth engine or a missed oportunity’ from the Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies, data will represent 1,9% of the GDP of the European Union (EU-28) in 2020, and the open data reuse market is expected to grow by 36,9%, reaching a value of 75,500 million Euros between 2016 and 2020.
  • Besides from the economic potential of open data, data opening has a positive impact on public sectors as well; in fact, reuse is estimated to result in savings of 1,700 million Euros within four years in the EU-28. Thanks to the European Data Portal, the various actors have access in real time to the datasets published on the different European catalogues, regardless of their location, with the objective of creating solutions and added value services for society.
  • The European Commission report Creating value through Open Data demonstrates that data reuse allows saving 7,000 lives every year, as it improves health response, reducing energy consumption by 16%, or reducing the accident rate in European roads by 5,5%.
  • The ePSIplatform is an initiative of the European Commission that encourages the public sector and the reuse of open data in the European Union. The PSI Scoreboard measures the state of affairs.
  • The OECD has developed an index about open data considering the countries that take part in this organization: “OURdata Index: Open, Useful, Reusable Government Data, 2014 (chapter 10).”
  • The World Wide Web Foundation, supported by IDRC, has developed the Open Data Barometer, which analyzes global trends and provides national and regional comparative data.

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