Using Open Data: policy modeling, citizen empowerment, data journalism

This workshop asks a simple question: what is all the 'new' government open data being used for?

The open data movement continues to gather momentum. Local, national and supranational governments around the world are publishing more and more of their data, the scientific and enterprise communities likewise. Much of this enormous volume of data is available under very open licenses and the push for more data and more openness is relentless.

The objective of the W3C/European Commission Using Open Data Workshop, being run as part of the EU-funded Crossover Project, is to provide a joint discussion forum for developers of applications that make use of open data, and the end users of those applications such as policy makers, journalists and citizens.

The main topics of interest for this workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • tools and techniques that use open data to aid policy making;
  • data visualization;
  • data journalism;
  • making data accessible and meaningful to citizens;
  • using open scientific data;
  • large scale data simulation;
  • collaborative analysis of data.

Please note that the topic of improved methods for data publishing is explicitly out of scope.

Expected Participants:

Developers and users of open data-driven applications, including policy makers, data journalists and active citizens.


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The agenda will comprise presentations and discussions based on papers received. The closing date for submissions is 19th May

Physical location
Schuman Room, Berlaymont (European Commission Headquarters)