On 12 May 2016, the 6th edition of the annual SEMIC conference welcomed over 200 participants from more than 30 countries, including representatives from non-European countries such as the USA, Japan and Uruguay.
The conference, hosted this time in Rome, was organised by the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens Programme (ISA2) of the European Commission, with the support of the Agency for Digital Italy (Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale - AgID).
This year, the conference centred around the benefits and challenges of using data standards for improving information exchange, access and reuse. Speakers from various sectors (i.e. public, private and academia, European Institutions and non-profit organisations) illustrated first-hand experiences and best practices on data standards
During two panel discussions, participants presented practical implementations of data standards at national and international levels, and discussed how the DCAT Application Profile supports the creation of a European Open Data Ecosystem by fostering integration between datasets and data portals.
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