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Short bio

Francesca is a social researcher and joined the Digital Commons Lab in March 2014. Before working in FBK’s Centre for Information Technology, she was living in Heidelberg, Germany. She’s the co­-founder of the ODI Trento City Node of the Open Data Institute. She holds a PhD in Sociology and  Social Research (2010) and has  research  experience  in  the  field  of development studies, open data and open government.  Her doctoral dissertation – The World Bank: knowledge, technology and development in a multilateral institution – focused on the role of the World Bank as a knowledge producer, by analyzing the organizational transformation during Wolfensohn presidency, the launch of the online aid-management platform powered by the Bank, and the implementation of the Development Gateway web portal.

She has been Research Fellow at Dept. of Development Sociology/Polson Institute for Global Development – Cornell University in 2009-2010, working under the supervision of Philip McMichael, and visiting doctoral student at the University of WarwickWarwick Business School, where she joined the Public Policy Group led by prof. Colin Crouch in 2006-2007. She has research experience in the field of open data, open government and development studies and is mainly interested in analyzing the impact and the actual reuse of open data. In this context, she has presented papers at international conferences, organized workshops and training courses. She recently lectured at LUISS University in Rome. She is part of the Open Knowledge NetworkSchool of Data network, collaborates in bottom-up initiatives focused on crowdsourcing and civic monitoring, like Monithon. She’s editor of the Open Knowledge Italian official blog, author of academic articles and lately referee for the European Journal of Political Research. Last accepted paper to be presented at CES Conference in Paris, July 2015, will be focused on the value of open data for the European Cohesion. She has served as country reviewer for the Open Data Barometer 2013, a research report by the World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute. She has translated the Open Data Certificates (now in Beta) in Italian in 2014, organized the first edition of the contest Trentino Open Data Challenge, and is responsible for the open data related activities within the EU FP7-funded Finodex project, an accelerator for SMEs and Web entrepreneurs that make use of both existing open data-sets and the platform FiWare. Since February 2013, she has worked at the Trentino Open Data project, resulting in the launch of the open government data catalog dati.trentino.it.

She has been awarded a Mobility Fellowship to visit the Governance Lab at New York University

She's now Research Scholar at NYU Polytechnic of Engineering. As Visiting Fellow she's working with the Govlab team on the project Open Data 200 Italy, the first comprehensive study of Italian companies that use open data to generate new business and develop new products and services.

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