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Conferences of Open data and social value

Núria Espuny, talking abaout Open data

Last Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of march in Bilbao, there was a meeting between the Canary and Basque Country, hosted by the Bizkaia Council. Desidedatum coordinated on day 8th a meeting between the responsible of the administrations about the challenges of Open Data. Just spreading the culture of open data among public workers, the challenges of data standardization and the importance of reusing data was also studied. As well as the challenge of attracting, maintaining and determining the impact of data reuse. Finally, the importance of data visualization to bring them closer to potential non-technological users.

The next day in a public event held at the Palace Euskalduna of Bilbao, in which participates the the Counselor of Public Governance and Self-Government of the Basque Government and the Basque Council, as well as the Counselor of Presidency, Justice and Equality of Canary Government. During the event, the strategy of Open Data was analyzed by the hand of the Responsible for the European portal of Open Data, Wendy Carrara, along with the General Director of Transparency and Quality Democratic of the Government of Catalonia, Núria Espuny, and the researcher Cesar Cruz. The conference was completed with different round-tables on legal aspects of Open Data; success cases on public data reutilization; the event finished with a round-table named “Beyond the open government” where several responsible for administrations analyzed their projects about open government.

Nerea Martiartu, General Director of transparency and governance, thanked for the participation and called for future editions of this meeting .

International Congress on Public Procurement

DesideDatum is one of the sponsors of the event that takes place this January 18 and 19 in Cuenca

The VII International Congress on Public Procurement has been organized by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and WoltersKluwer Spain, a leading company in management, information and training solutions for professionals in the legal, financial-fiscal, labor, accounting, education and health.

The congress aims to be the perfect framework to analyze the challenges of the new European Directive 2014/24/UE and the main news of comparative law on public contracts.

In the following video, you can consult the program of the event:


Magnolia Amplify 2017

Alberto Abella, our senior manager, has participated in a round table on Open Source at the B2B Magnolia Amplify event

This September 27 Magnolia Amplify 2017 was celebrated. Magnolia Amplify is an event that brought together more than a hundred professionals from digital technology and marketing at the Architects’ Association of Madrid.
During the morning, the speakers have explained several success cases such as the one of Telefonica, Prosegur, or MIHAFP and the best customization practices in e-commerce and in user experience, among other issues.

Alberto Abella, senior manager of desideDatum, has participated in the round table of the National Federation of Free Software Companies (Asofil) and the Open Innovation Forum (FIA), where the topic of discussion has been Open Source. The CEO of Digital Ecosystems of Innovations, Jose Mª Fuster van Bendegem, CEO of, David Olmos Luis and the CTO of SmartLogin, also participated in the round table.

The knowledge of Open Source technologies brings many more benefits than the investment they require

Alberto Abella

Senior manager desideDatum
In Spain, the strategic thinking of systems and processes in companies is little developed

Jose Mª Fuster van Bendegem

CEO of Digital Ecosystems of Innovations
If there were no free software, it would be difficult to create startups and have entrepreneurship

Jose de Soto

SmartLogin's CTO

GIGAPP 2017: “Visualization of data for teaching and research in government and public policies”

Alberto Abella, our senior manager in Madrid, has co-organized with Angie Navarro of OpenDataSoft one of the workshops of the GIGAPP 2017.

Author: @AngieNavarroMX

Last September 25, the experts Alberto Abella and Angie Navarro talked about the tools for visualization of data for teaching and research in government and public policies. Both speakers emphasized the importance of these tools in the fields of research and data journalism, as well as in the academic field.

In the session, data visualization tools of OpenDataSoft platform were presented as powerful tools that enhance and facilitate data analysis and interpretation. This workshop was held within the framework of the VIII International Congress on Government, Administration and Public Policies in the Medialab-Prado of Madrid.

Presentation of the Open Data guide for Local Entities

Our senior manager in Madrid, Alberto Abella, has collaborated with the creation of the guide on behalf of desideDatum

Source: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)

Source: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)

The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) presented on July 5 a document entitled “Open data. Strategic guide for its launch and minimum datasets to be published” which expects to familiarize citizens and public administrations with the world of Open Data and also, provide the necessary tools to facilitate the development of Open Data projects.

The guide has been written by a work group belonging to the Network of Local Entities for Transparency and Citizen Participation within FEMP and it was needed to take a step forwards on the process of transparency and openness information of Local Entities.

Forum DENAE “Open data. The value of data”

FMC conference on open data and transparency in local governments

Marc Garriga, the CEO of desideDatum, has participated in the session organized by the Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia (FMC) as a moderator of one of the round tables.

FMC conference

Author: Tona Pou

Nearly a hundred people have attended the conference “Open Data and Transparency in Local Governments” which has been useful to explain in a practical way how to develop and open data portal and how and why it can be useful for citizens.

Marc Garriga has moderated the second roundtable of the session on visualization and accountability in which has participated the CEO of Transparency of the Generalitat, Núria Espuny; the head of Service Access to Public Information of Madrid city council, Enrique Crespo; and the general manager of Strategic Planning and Central Services of Gavà city council, Michael Donaldson.

All the speakers have stressed the need of opening data and information by public administrations in an understandable way for citizens. In order to achieve this goal, they have explained that context and pedagogy are key elements in order to facilitate data comprehension.

Transparency in the private sector

Transparency should not only be enforced by public entities

The current economic crisis had its origin in fundamental mistakes in relation to Transparency, accountability, responsibility and short-term vision. For instance, many banking entities did not detail the composition of their assets and many companies bought funds without asking for more information. That was the beginning of everything…

The European Union is firmly in favor of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a key element for restoring the confidence in private companies which is necessary for a sustainable economic recovery. Transparency has become the main instrument for corporate accountability.


There are many standards that are part of CSR, from ASG factors (Environmental, Social and Governance) and different versions of sustainability reports (GRI) to corporate governance reports and standards of financial information and values, among others. All this information is integrated into reports that, despite their degree of sophistication, do not squeeze the possibilities of accountability. This is because communication channels are usually not suitable for the target or interested public and the possibilities of treatment of this information are usually very limited. Moreover, in most cases, these channels are neither fluid nor sufficiently operative, and the dialogue between shareholders and key social actors (mass media, investigative journalism, NGOs, trade unions…), generally, fails.

In this context, an open data approach applied to Transparency of CSR offers the opportunity to access business data beyond the corporative report. Applying transparency tools, it will be possible to move towards an active construction of CSR and possibly to reduce or in the best-case scenario, avoid crises such as the ones suffered.

Joan de la Encarnación. Business Advisor of desideDatum

“Modelling of the social and economic impact of open data in smart cities’ ecosystems”

Alberto Abella, our senior manager in Madrid, presented his Ph.D. dissertation on “Modeling the social and economic impact of open data in smart cities’ ecosystems” at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Conclusions of the session “big data in the public sector” organized by Barcelona Open Data Initiative and ESADE

Alberto Abella, our senior manager in Madrid, made the closing speech at the event held on April 18 at ESADEFORUM (Barcelona)

jornada "los big data en el sector público"

The meeting was attended by different experts who discussed the main challenges of big data in the field of public administrations and companies and the advantages it provides.

Alberto Abella who is also a co-founder of Barcelona Open Data Initiative, closed the session concluding with the most interesting aspects that had been exposed during the day and analyzed the current situation of big data. “Today we can say that big data is a reality” Abella said and, after that, he added that “although now we can see the first results, we are still far away from the great potential it has”.  He also wanted to point out the common points on which the different speakers had agreed:

  • The exponential growth of data.
  • Potential benefits of sharing data such as the improvement of internal efficiency, the increase of economic activity and the equal opportunity for companies independently of their size.
  • Being citizen-centric: considering the citizen at the time of deciding services.
  • Data-driven decisions
  • Need to normalize data
  • Data-based management is not a technical but a cultural problem. Data culture is needed.

Finally, the senior manager of desideDatum stated that “big data has arrived to stay” and that the use of these data should end with a social and economic impact in the  society in an egalitarian way.

You can watch the full “the big data in the public sector” session. You can find Alberto Abella’s closing speech from 8:01:00


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