Workshop on Open Gov Data Standardisation @Informatik2013

Promoting (meta)-data standards: the European Commission ISA Programme perspective

Vassilios Peristeras, European Commission, Programme Manager

The European Commission promotes interoperability with the Interoperability Solution for European Public Administration (ISA) programme. Within the context of this programme there are activities dedicated to semantic interoperability and metadata standardization. This includes work in the area of the Asset Description Metadata Schema, the Core Vocabularies and the DCAT Application Profile. Work currently done in this area will be presented as well as cases of practical implementation of semantic technologies by the public sector in Europe.

OGD Metadata Mapping & Cross Border Cooperation

Peter Parycek,  Johann Höchtl, Donau-Universität Krems, Zentrum für E-Governance

Open Government Data in Europe was incepted by adapting and incorporating principles established in Anglo-Saxon countries. While early steps were under suspicious scrutiny by the public administration, open government data is a principle which is increasingly endorsed by the participating entities. To harness the full potential of open data, established good practice must not come to a halt at national borders. The German speaking European countries have created a platform to share expertise and exchange guiding principles. This cross border cooperation has the potential to become good practice for the whole European open data endeavour.

OGD Metadata standards – The ENGAGE metadata architecture

Anneke Zuiderwijk, Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology

Metadata are essential for the successful reuse of open data. The benefits of metadata include improving find ability, accessibility, storing, analysing, reproducing, interpreting, visualizing and linking data (Zuiderwijk, Jeffery & Janssen, 2012). Various metadata standards can be used to build a metadata architecture for open data and achieve the advantages. In this presentation we provide an overview of a metadata architecture that was developed in the ENGAGE project (see and we discuss how this architecture could improve the process in which open data are created, published, found, used and discussed.

GovData – Status and Perspective of Open Data in Germany

Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin

GovData is the data portal of Germany. There, data from all federal administrative levels are available. The pilot portal is operated by Fraunhofer FOKUS till 2014. Within the pilot phase, GovData will be stepwise extended and optimized. The presentation presented the German data portal, the approach being taken, and the architecture being developed. It gave some insights into the software engineering and the quality assurance methods being used.

Improving Coordination in Swiss OGD – Focus of the eCH-Group OGD

Reinhard Riedl, Alessia C. Neuroni , Beat Esterman, Berner Fachhochschule Wirtschaft, E-Government Institut

In Switzerland there is a weak coordination among federal levels and areas when it comes to creating, choosing, publishing or using open government data. Coordination can be improved in the different phases of the process by an appropriate standardization. A new eCH-group OGD with representatives of academia, government, industry and civil society focuses on the need of cooperation as an asset to improve the secondary use of government data and develops first standardization measures.

Challenges and requirements for the standardisation of open budgetary data in the Brazilian public administration

Marcelo Tavares de Santana, University of São Paulo

Open Government Data put some new elements to the discussion of budget transparency. The reality in Brazil, which has a legal framework that enforces all public entities to web publish detailed budgetary data in real time, shows that effective transparency will be reached only if a standardization progress is met. During the presentation the challenges for the standardization of open budgetary data in Brazil was highlighted and the authors derive a set of requirements that should be addressed by a standardization proposal in this context. Existing standards, which are capable to meet these requirements were evaluated and lines for future work in the standardization of open budgetary data in Brazil were drawn.

The workshop has been organized by Peter Parycek & Johann Höchtl, Center for E-Governance, Danube University Krems; Prof.  Jörn von Lucke, Zeppelin University; Marianne Fraefel, Alessia Neuroni & Prof. Reinhard Riedl, Berner Fachhochschule

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