- 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%.