Steven Adler moderated the first session “INFORMATION STRATEGY: THE KEY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH – DIGITAL ENABLERS AND NEW INFORMATION PRODUCTS”. Mr. Adler gave an overview of the American point of view of the Open Data. He said that developing apps based on Open Data, that are collected by governments and public administrations, is a useful and innovative tool for transforming the cities.

Gérald Santucci (Head of Unit Knowledge Sharing – DG Connect) focused on the role of Open Data into the European Union, pointing out the importance of looking for open data, open services and open processes. This is the first year in European Union that there is a concrete step towards the use of Open Data, following the line already taken by G8 in June 2013 (signature of Open Data Charter). This also means a strong connection between the global and European network. Mr. Santucci also stressed public data cannot be considered Open Data. According to him, Open Data must be readily and easily accessible [by anyone who has a pc]. We should use Open Data to boost economic growth.

I an open discussion, the panelists concluded that from an IT point of view, Open Data is something “live”, different from a static page. They are always updated (like in a live repository) and should represent a symbol of trust between governments and citizens. One of the main problems about Open Data is that we often do not have sufficient information about the way they are retrieved, where they came from and how to use them, so, for example, it is not always possible to make a comparison between different sources.

Margot Dor (Director Partnership & EU Affairs, ETSI) focused on the legacy terms beyond the use of Open Data. In Europe it is difficult to establish a policy for managing Open Data because of the different laws in all the countries. We’ve to regulate the use of Open Data, according, for example, to formats, shape, presentation.

Giuseppe Surace (Senior Manager & M2M Cloud Solution Director Telit Wireless Solution) stated that the technology to collect and store the data is available (we can use a clever sensor, then store data into servers or into the cloud), but the key point is that we have to trust the collected data. For Open Data the security concept must be strength.

Santucci said that Open Data must be persistent, reliable, and maintainable. They should not be only open, people should have guarantee of them.

Claudia Selli, E.U. Affairs Director, AT&T, pointed out the importance of investments in network improvement. According to her, we should have a policy framework linked with actual technology adopting high level principles. We have to go into the direction of harmonization, not towards a fragmented market.

In the follow-up discussion Mr. Adler said that public companies should publish Open Data. We, both as stakeholders and public citizens, have to know what companies are doing. This is a form of trust.

Pascal Poitevin, IT Director, France Génétique Élevage, focused on Open Data role in accord to agriculture – we need to increase production to feed people growing, we should increase public investment in agriculture. For example, we should give farmers reliable information using Open Data.

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