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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.

“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


Municipal budgets, the new feature of Catalonia’s Transparency Portal

Acting as a Technical Office of Data Governance, desideDatum has once again collaborated with the Government of Catalonia in the development of its Transparency Portal, this time contributing its experience to the launch of a Municipal Budgets tool.

As a new feature of Catalonia’s Transparency Portal,  this is an interactive graphic tool to visualize and compare the budgets of all municipalities in Catalonia, developed based on the solution Gobierto of the company Populate Tools y the collaboration of desideDatum as technical office of data gobernance.

In this way, the Generalitat takes another step forward in its objective of bringing information in a format accessible to the public, meeting the highest transparency requirements, since the tool also allows to visualize the temporal evolution of the different budgets items and the establishment of rankings between the different municipal indicators, among other functionalities.
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Marc Garriga participates as a jury in the FGCHackApp

Marc Garriga, CEO of desideDatum, participated last December 19 in the first edition of the contest FGC Hackapp as a member of the jury.

Organized by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya with the collaboration of apps4citizens, FGC HackApp is a contest that rewards the development of mobile technology solutions with the aim of promoting creativity around the use of Open Data offered by FGC, which aims to encourage the development of innovative proposals to enrich the travel experience and the Use of company facilities.

Beyond the social, economic and environmental benefits of using public transport, the time that citizens spend and share in FGC facilities (transportation and / or leisure) can be an opportunity for learning, interaction and the relationship with the user community.

The winner of this first edition of the competition was the project “El meu tren”, valued for its usefulness and holistic vision when integrating all rail transport services in Catalonia. The application has been created by two young guys from Cervera, Marc Celeiro, 15, and his brother Óscar, and the jury has especially valued the ability to take over the use of public transport, the high level of content and its technical quality.

Marc Garrigaas one of the top european experts on Open Data, Transparency and data reuse in the Smart City area, was part of the jury in charge of choosing the winner among the 6 proposals submitted. He and the rest of his fellow judges emphasized the high level of all the proposals presented, as well as his ulititat and his high degree of development.

DesideDatum participates in the AEMET – Open Data Journey

Alberto Abella, our senior manager in Madrid, participated last Tuesday, December 13 in the journey “AEMET OpenData – Discover the power of open data”, held at the headquarters of AEMET.

Alberto Abella was one of the leading speakers at the event, with his lecture titled “Open Data: How to Improve Its Utility and Value”, which was part of a program that featured some of the top Open Data experts at the national level, as well as the responsibles for the new API REST of AEMET and some prominent academic representatives in the field of the Information Society, all with papers dedicated to meet the following objectives:

  • Jornada AEMET OpenDataPublicly present the new REST API from AEMET OpenData for access to open meteorological and weather data.
  • Promote internally and externally its use.
  • Discuss its usefulness for reusers and end users in various sectors.
  • Involve users in the continuous improvement of the system.

Here you can see complete the paper “Open data: how to improve its usefulness and value” by Alberto Abella:


A very special (and pleasant) visit from Finland

As our Senior Manager in Madrid, Alberto Abella received the special visit of an Industrial Engineering and Management students group from the Aalto University (Finland), on the occasion of their visit to Spain.

A group of 28 Industrial Engineering and Management students from Aalto University Finland), leaded by Henri Saksi and ranging from freshmen to nearly graduated engineers, took the oportunity to learn about how an Open Data company like desideDatum works in an enviroment like the spanish.

Alberto Abella took our 28 new finnish friends to MediaLab Prado and answered all their questions and curiosities about our business objectives, our current and future projects, and our view of what should be a good data analyst.


These future consultants, CEO’s, data-analysts, factory managers and entrepreneurs were visiting Spain as a part of their activity with Prodeko, a student’s guild founded in 1866, which goal is to bring IEM students together and help them succeed in their future work life by providing valuable contacts, company relations and activities. On top of being the IEM guild, Prodeko is known within university students for organizing different events in Otaniemi, the student district of Helsinki.

At the end of their visit, our finnish new friends gave a traditional gift as a sign of appreciation to their host Alberto Abella: This wonderful trunk, whose metal plate was nailed by Alberto with his own hands!


Las investigaciones científicas se abrirán al Open Data

Todos los artículos científicos deberán ser de libre acceso en 2020. Esta es la intención de una propuesta de Ley presentado por el Consejo de Competitividad de la Unión Europea, en la que se recomienda que todos los trabajos científicos financiados con fondos públicos pasen a ser Open Data.

La idea detrás de esta iniciativa, que supone un paso de gigante en la apuesta por el Open Data por parte de la UE, es favorecer la reutilización de forma óptima de los datos de las investigaciones financiadas con fondos públicos.

facebookEn el comunicado, emitido por el Consejo de Competitividad de la UE bajo su presidencia holandesa, se afirma haber puesto ya sobre la mesa una iniciativa legislativa al respecto, con el objetivo de que ello represente un “impulso para la transición hacia un sistema de ciencia abierta“.

Con el opoyo unánime de todos los responsables de innovación de la Unión Europea, la iniciativa promoverá que todos los datos referentes a investigaciones científicas europeas financiadas con dinero público sean accesibles de manera libre, a menos que existan motivos fundados, por ejemplo, los derechos de propiedad intelectual o problemas de seguridad o privacidad.

La propuesta se enmarca dentro del programa marco europeo de investigación e innovación Horizon 2020, que con un presupuesto de 70.000 millones de € es el programa transfronterizo más grande del mundo. Una evaluación del programa de investigación de la UE anterior muestra que cada euro invertido en la investigación y la innovación genera un beneficio estimado de once euros, ya sea a través de innovaciones, nuevas tecnologías o productos. Esta es la razón por la cual los ministros de investigación e innovación europeos quieren fomentar la inversión a gran escala en el conocimiento.

Podéis descargar el comunicado completo aquí.


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