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Open Data, Open Society


A research project about openness of public data in EU local administration

Open Data, Open Society is a report written by Marco Fioretti for the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. The report represents the first part of a research project (1) financed through the DIME network (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe), as part of DIME Work Package 6.8, coordinated by Professor Giulio Bottazzi.

The report discusses the current and potential role, in a truly open society, of raw Public Sector Information (PSI) that is really open, that is  fully accessible and reusable by everybody. The general characteristics of PSI and the conclusions are based on previous studies and on the analysis of current examples both from the European Union and the rest of the world.

This report is the first output of a research project about openness of public data in EU local administrations. The full report was finished in October 2010, is released under a Creative Commons cc-by license and can be freely downloaded from the web site of the DIME project or from Sant’Anna school. The report is also integrally republished here, split in separate pages with comments open to anonymous readers, in order to facilitate as much as possible feedback and discussion on each single part (but please do check the notes to readers first!)