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Open Data 200 Italia: a project by The GovLab at New York University and Digital Commons Lab at FBK

News date: 
Wednesday, 2 September, 2015

Mapping the users of open data in Italy

(originally posted on the Govlab blog by Francesca De Chiara)

We are launching Open Data 200 Italy, the first ever attempt to map the emerging open data ecosystem in Italy.  In the spirit of being open and collaborative, we call upon everyone to help create this map. If you are an Italian Open Data user, please make yourself known and share details about the way you use Open Data. If you know of corporations and other organizations (small and large) who are using Open Data, let us know.


Italy joined the Open Government Partnership in 2011 and released an action plan and the first version of the national open data catalog the same year. Since then, the Italian open data community has been growing consistently. So far, the interest around open data has mobilized hundreds of activists who annually gather in Bologna under the label of Spaghetti Open Data.

 In 2011, Italy joined the Open Government Partnership and launched Since then, relevant actions in the open data field have been undertaken: the release of the Guidelines for the semantic interoperability through Linked open data in 2012, the introduction of the “Open by Default” principle, by modifying the article 52 in the CAD – Codice di Amministrazione Digitale (Code for the Digital Administration).In 2014 the Agency for digital Italy (AgID) released the Italian National Agenda and the Open Data Guidelines. At the beginning of June 2015, a new version of the was launched. In the meantime, we have registered a significant number of open data initiatives, at different levels:  (OpenParlamentoOpenCoesione,OpenBilanciConfiscati beneOpenExpoItaliaSicuraSoldiPubblici etc.). In the wake of the rising demand for smarter disclosure and higher quality standards, we have observed the development of an interesting ecosystem involving companies, non-governmental organizations, developers, journalists, civil servants, researchers. Yet, no systematic research exists on how open data is being used.

Open Data 200

Starting from a collaboration between the Digital Commons Lab  at Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the GovLab, Italy is now proudly part of the Open Data 500 Global Network, and today we are happy to announce the launch of Open Data 200 Italia, the first systematic investigation on the social and economic value of open data across Italy. The main goal of the project is to map companies and subsequently demonstrate the impact of open data on all sectors.

We seek to identify 200 companies and non-profit ventures based in Italy, and learn why and how they are using open data. Data collected will enable comparisons across sectors and uses and will inform the debate on how to leverage the value of open data. There’s a long way to go and for this reason, Open Data 200 Italia needs your help!