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Bologna: the next city to open its data

The city of Bologna in Italy has launched a data portal for local open data sets. The portal launched with 64 available data sets across a range of themes. By the end of 2012, the aim is to have some 200 data sets published in the Bologna data portal. The license for the data sets is Creative Commons 0 (CC0), which is equivalent to a public domain dedication.

The  digital information  produced  and maintained  by the City  of Bologna  must be a common good:  on the basis  of this principle,  as a first step  in the direction  of OpenData  (one  of the points of the Digital  Agenda of the  City  Bologna),  ‘‹’‹an assessment of the  application portfolio  of the Administration. The project  involves  all the  departments of the Administration. It is the  first time  that the City of Bologna  conducts  a systematic investigation  of this kind about  applications  managed  by the ICT Department. The  results  of the  survey  have not only a  technological relevance  but represent a  useful  contribution to knowledge, bydefining a  longer-term  strategy  for  OpenData.  During  the survey  was gathered  information such as the  presence of  data already  published  on the internet,  the formats used  for publishing and  the  usefulness of the data  to different  purposes,  soliciting  the views  of the  owner  of the datasets,  in order  to create  an “Index of  Open Data”. This is a  measure  of the  “vocation”   to OpenData  for  each of the Department  under investigation.

Visit Bologna’s Open Data Portal here.