4th IODC

IODC 2016
Press Release


Madrid, Spain, will host the 4th International Open Data Conference on October 6 and 7

March 2, 2016 by 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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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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