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Open Cities Summit (VI). Ideathon workshops takeaways

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Notes from the Open Cities Summit, part of the International Open Data Conference 2016, and held in Madrid, Spain, on 5 October 2016. More notes on this event: opencitiessummit and iodc16. Ideathon workshops takeaways Open data portals and engagement mechanisms Who is a user of the open data portal? After identifying the user, a user list sorted by priority should be drawn. Scholars should explain what open data is and promote it’s use. Free open data management tools. Keep data updated and update it and make it known. Adopting the Open Data Charter How do tell the quality of open data? How do we know about its usage? We have a lot of data, but we lack the storytelling, the visuals. What makes sense for a government, what can work for them, what makes sense for technicians. We need open data champions. The charter seems simple but its application is complex. It is a good idea to ‘deconstruct’ it principle by principle, recommendation by recommendation, and go step by step while aiming for the whole. Create networks of cities that have adopted the charter and see how they did it. Competitiveness and economic development We have to identify what is the problem. But not like “unemployment is the problem” but more focused on people. And then, try to come up with an idea that most people will quickly understand because it relies with some other familiar initiative (e.g. “Facebook for dogs”). We can create the “Tinder for data”, a meta-data portal for open data. It would identify data that could be open and thus create opportunities. Smart and resilient cities Bring the users in the design of the projects. Identify the key role players and establish communication strategies among them. How do we enable the measurement of vulnerability and how to address it. What defines a resilient city. Interdisciplinary collaboration and organizational change Better name: culture change for common understanding. Start with the challenge. Creating common context. Actively create and maintain feedback. Go across disciplines and across sectors. Interaction between civil society organizations and between civil society organizations and governments. Fiscal transparency Entrepreneurs, SMEs, etc.: they might find hard to find the kind of information that is relevant to them. What are they needs? What are the usual tasks that require data? Awareness on their needs and awareness of the possibilities of open data. Try and draw a chronological story of data for firms: When starting a business, what is the information that you need? What is the government spending (procurement) in the field? What is the budget and what is the execution of that budget. Do I have benefits for operating in this field? What are the trends in my area? Making city services accessible It is very difficult for people to see the safety net, to know what public services can one citizen access. To build a healthy ecosystem, accessible, interoperable, sustainable, that relates referral providers and social service services. Standards and interoperability A good way to understand standards and interoperability is by looking at the path that goes from raw data to indicators, in an aggregation process. The big issue is that standards apply to very small portions of reality, while reality is much more complex. Open data, smart cities, open government, etc. begin to create their own specific (ad hoc) standards that often overlap. Who provides the data and how? Who will reuse the data and how? This post originally published at ICT4D Blog as Open Cities Summit (VI). Ideathon workshops takeaways

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    I am Ismael Peña-López.

    I am professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university. I am also the director of the Open Innovation project at Fundació Jaume Bofill.


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