TECH | Sep 21, 2017

10 minutes with Open Data

Which resources to consult in the coffee break to learn more about Open Data?

How long does it take to drink a coffee? 10 minutes? And in 10 minutes we can take a peek at a Twitter profile, glance through a newsletter that might contain some articles that interest us or that could help us better understand a term read, heard or known about … but only superficially.
So, in 10 minutes, if we want to browse some news or tweets from our smartphone, bit by bit we can learn something new and interesting every day.
Let’s start then by suggesting a coffee in the company of Open Data, the famous open data that has been talked about and talked about, and that we should become acquainted with through interesting projects around the world that help us understand its potential in terms of business opportunities

Which newsletters?

To keep up-to-date on the topic of Open Data, you can definitely sign up for some periodic newsletters like European Data Portal, of the non-profit Open Knowledge Foundation in support of the diffusion of knowledge, and hence the opening of data, or that of the Open Data Institute.

Which blogs?

Certainly that of the UK Government, which allows you to keep up-to-date on the work done by the British in terms of the opening of data and the various applications tested. An interesting blog is the Data blog The Guardian, examples of data usage – including the open type – are published, and which show how interesting Data Journalism can be.

The Italian Spaghetti Open Data, is not a blog but a group with discussions to follow and in which you can participate, also asking questions.. Here, community members discuss specific issues related to the publication and use of Open Data.

Which Twitter profiles?

To complete the “peeking” during the coffee break, you can then go on a Twitter tour following some profiles like those of the Open Knowledge Foundation mentioned earlier or of Open City, the account of a group of volunteers who make web apps based on Open Data, and in this way aim to promote transparency and greater efficiency in public services.

To keep in mind are the Profile of the US Government dedicated to Open Data, or Data Driven Journalism which promotes the reuse of Open Data, and not just for recounting what is happening in Europe and around the world through them.

On the other hand, personal profiles you can follow are those of Open Knowledge Foundation founder Rufus Pollock, of Jeni Tennison, Wendy Carrara, Amanda, Mark Headd, and Derek Eder. At Italian level there are Daniele Crespi, Maurizio Napolitano or Giuseppe Sollazzo.


Coffee is probably over before you’ve had time to read them all!

But time for coffee can be found again during the day and maybe 10 minutes for some tweets, news or updates: when we know where to look, we are then able to find them.

Sonia Montegiove – Stefano Epifani