Pesaro, Microsoft and OpenOffice: the consequences

A few days ago I summarized the most questionable or uncertain points of the software odissey of the City of Pesaro, saying that I’d also post questions and consequences, both for the City and Open Source advocates, not mentioned yet in this story. For Pesaro, the road forward has little or nothing to do with the initial topic, that is Open Source Software in Public Administration. The advocates, instead, should rethink some of their strategies. Let’s start from Pesaro, but what follows applies to practically every city. Continue reading Pesaro, Microsoft and OpenOffice: the consequences

Hacker proves with Open Data that Microsoft license costs don’t matter

(no, not really but…) In December 2014, italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi annunced soldipubblici.gov.it, a Web portal that provides official Open Data on public spending (“Soldi Pubblici”, that is) in Italy. Within a few hours, an italian Hacker, Continue reading Hacker proves with Open Data that Microsoft license costs don’t matter

It’s time for Open Data in and from (not “ABOUT”!) schools

Preface

This essay expands a proposal on Open Data in schools that I made in 2011, which requires very little, if any, funding and central authorization/coordination to be implemented. As of this writing, I know of no other proposal of the same kind, with the exception of this 2012 presentation from New Zealand. Also, I have not heard of any large scale implementation, or had occasion to do any real work on this topic. However, I am even more convinced now than in 2011 that the idea has a great potential. Continue reading It’s time for Open Data in and from (not “ABOUT”!) schools

Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

skopje

A couple of weeks ago I was invited at the first National Open Government Partnership Forum in Skopje, Macedonia, for the panel titled “OGP-related Initiatives at the Local Level – Comparative Perspectives”. Here’s a short trip report, complete of link to my slides. Continue reading Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

Semi-random thoughts (and some motivations) about innovation and digital technology

(this is a partial translation of an article I published on the italian Pionero Web magazine in April 2014. The second part is here). Several of my publications and projects come, among other things, from these considerations (which of course I am not the only one to have made!): Continue reading Semi-random thoughts (and some motivations) about innovation and digital technology

When Open Data meets Show and Tell

(this is a proposal for a talk and related workshop that I submitted for a conference that took place in autumn 2013. The proposal was accepted but eventually didn’t happen due to lack of funding for travel expenses. Since the idea is not tied to that specific event in any way, here it is) Continue reading When Open Data meets Show and Tell

Data, file formats and protocols as the first platform of network politics

This was the abstract of a talk I proposed for a Network Politics Conference in 2011. The talk wasn’t accepted, but I’d like to restart a conversation on this topic, so here it goes. Continue reading Data, file formats and protocols as the first platform of network politics

Thoughts and Tips from the 2013 Open Data Week

I participated to the 2013 Open Data Week in Marseille to lead a workshop on an idea I had a couple years ago, one that seems to be more and more ready to seriously take off every month: Open Data in and from schools. While in Marseille, I first heard about Open Data developments in Sayada and the rest of Tunisia. Then I also heard that…

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