Big Policy Canvas Workshop “Defining the Future of Decision and Policy Making through Big Data” at Big Data Value Forum - Vienna, 14 November 2018

The second Big Policy Canvas Workshop “Defining the Future of Decision and Policy Making through Big Data” took place in Vienna on the 14 November 2018, hosted by the European Big Data Value Forum

The aim of the workshop was to gather experts' input for the preparation of the Big Policy Canvas roadmap, as well as to announce the start of the collaboration between the project and the BDVA. 

In the first part of the workshop, the coordinator Nuria Rodríguez presented a series of results released by the Big Policy Canvas project, and explained how they can be mapped into some priorities already highlighted in previous BDVA sessions linked to Big Data for Public administrations (under TF7-Smart Cities Subgroup). In particular she presented the following project outcomes: Knowledge Base with needs, trends and assets, Assessment Framework, Roadmap. 

Afterwords the keynote speaker Raffaele Lillo, former Chief Information Officer of the Italian Digital Team, presented the DAF: Data & Analytics Framework, which has the goal of improving and simplifying the interoperability and exchange of data between Public Administrations, promoting and improving the management and usage of Open Data, optimizing activities of analysis and knowledge generation. The idea is to open the world of Public Administration to the benefits offered by modern Big Data management and analysis platforms. Thanks to this framework, it will be possible significantly enhance the value of PA’s information assets through the preparation and use of analytical tools designed to synthesise knowledge for decision makers, and the dissemination of information to citizens and businesses, optimize data exchange between PAs and Open Data deployment, minimizing transaction costs for data access and usage, and Facilitate data analysis and data management by data scientist teams within the PA, in order to improve knowledge of the phenomena described by the data and develop “intelligent” applications, as well as take initiatives to promote scientific research activities on application themes of interest to the PA.

In the second interactive part of the workshop, Francesco Mureddu from the Lisbon Council presented an initial list of future research challenges bulding on content proposed by the Big Policy Canvas Experts Committee. The objective of such interactive part was to elaborate on the initial list and to propose new research challenges and applications. More specifically, Francesco Mureddu clustered the research challenges presented according to the topic also considering the trends and needs analysis carried out in the project, and asked the audience to split in groups according to each cluster. Each group was facilitated by one of the consortium members, and was given a sheet of paper to be filled with new research challenges.

After the interactive part, Mihkel Solvak from the University of Tartu presented X-Road, an open source data exchange layer solution that enables organizations to exchange information over the Internet. X-Road is a centrally managed distributed data exchange layer between information systems that provides a standardized and secure way to produce and consume services. X-Road ensures confidentiality, integrity and interoperability between data exchange parties.

At the end of the workshop, the participant voted the best research challenge, and the proponent was awarded a symbolic prize.

The links to the presentations are available below: