Luca Mastrogregori (Head of eProcurement Strategies Department, Consip, Italy), the moderator of the session, introduced the main topics: a trip in Public Procurement through eProcurement, the opportunities and obstacles in using Open Data in Public Procurement and the role of ethics in it.

Nitya Karmakar (Macquarie University, Sidney) talked about ethical principles and rules in a business environment. He showed the ethical decision making model called Utilitarianism, where the proper course of action is the one that maximize utility. He stressed the importance of  having a transparent business and more uniform government legislation. He said that from a technological point of view, we needed a higher level of security, while from a social point of view, we need an easy-to-use,  low-cost model.

Roberto De Riccardis (Lombardia Informatica) showed  an experience of Public Procurement and use of Open Data in Italy, taking the example of Lombardy Region. Last year, in fact, the region promoted a contest to create mobile apps that use regional Open Data taken from a dedicated portal. Using Open Data in public procurement requires a better regulation: there is the need of boost transparency by making standards. Besides that, there are different obstacles to the use of Open Data in public administration, such as the non-mandatory nature of documentation and the difficulty of sharing some data due to privacy issues.

According to Augusto Coriglioni (Chairman Information Technology & Delegate for Research and Innovation, UNINDUSTRIA), technology is not an issue, but more an opportunity, a value. He also stressed out the need of a change in bureaucracy in order for the public to gain trust in public procurement. Public procurement is not a matter of cost of innovation, but more about the cost of not innovating. Government and enterprises must talk because they have to share rules.

Diego Bravar (Chairman & CEO, TBS Group, Italy) brought us the TBS experience, one of the first worldwide companies having a database with the medical equipment prices from all the hospitals.

Another sector related to Public Procurement is the educational one, as we see in the talk of Carlo Parmeggiani (Director Public Sector – South Europe, Intel, Italy). According to Intel’s experience, we should put public procurement in a digital way in order to bring technology into the public education.

In conclusion, we are only at the beginning of the process of Open Data and eProcurement spreading. The base step is, in fact, to put the Open Data online, and we are still at this point. The culture is changing, but it is still difficult to manage this change.

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