Andrea DiMaio

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Open Data Can and Will Shift the Power Balance

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2014  |  3 Comments

The recent case of two students at Yale, who used university data to build a web site that allowed students to plan their schedules while comparing class evaluations and teacher ratings for the past three semesters. shows that unintended uses of data can have a profound impact on organizations, both in the private and in public […]

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There Is More To The US Open Data Policy Than Meets The Eye

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 10, 2013  |  5 Comments

On May 9, after a longer-than-expected preparation, the Open Data Policy announced as part of the US Digital Government Strategy has been issued together with an executive order signed by President Obama about Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. As one reads the order, browses through the first few pages […]

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Is Open Data Just Nice To Have When Times Are Tough?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 4, 2013  |  2 Comments

Earlier today I was being briefed by a major vendor about their public sector offering. This vendor provides – among other things – content management solutions. In passing, I asked whether they plan to add support for open data creation, management, mash-up, but they answered that they are seeing less demand for this than just […]

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Alpha.data.gov: From Open Data Provider to Open Data Hub

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2013  |  4 Comments

Those who happen to read my blog know that I am rather cynical about many enthusiastic pronouncements around open data. One of the points I keep banging on is that the most common perspective is that open data is just something that governments ought to publish for businesses and citizens to use it. This perspective […]

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Could Governments Run Out of Patience with Open Data?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2013  |  9 Comments

Yesterday I had yet another client conversation – this time with a mid-size municipality in the north of Europe – on the topic  of the economic value generated through open data. The problem we discussed is the same I highlighted in a post last year: nobody argues the potential long term value of open data […]

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Smart Government in 2012

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2012  |  5 Comments

For the fourth year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government innovation.  Over the last three years the title was “Top Ten for Government 2.0”, but this term is less relevant today. What is relevant is to focus on how governments around the world are looking for […]

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Open Data Is Not for Sprinters

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 20, 2012  |  8 Comments

I read yesterday on Computerworld UK that UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s special envoy on the UN’s post-2015 development goals has said that he is ‘disappointed’ by how much the government’s open datasets have been used so far. I wonder how this can be a surprise. Despite the efforts of so many governments, advocacy groups, […]

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Obama’s Victory Speech: Why Change and Forward is Not Enough for Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

Like many people around the world, I listened to the US President’s speech after his victory at the last election. I found one sentence particularly inspiring: “America is not about what can be done for us. It is about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of […]

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Why Government Should Care Less About Open Data and More About Data

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 22, 2012  |  5 Comments

Among the flurry of activities and deja-vu around open data that governments worldwide, in all tiers are pursuing to increase transparency and fuel a data economy, I found something really worth reading in a report that was recently published by the Danish government. “Good Basic Data for Everyone – A Driver for Growth and Efficiency” […]

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Italy’s Digital Strategy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 5, 2012  |  10 Comments

On October 4th, after great anticipation and endless debates, the Italian Digital Agenda has been approved (see presentation in Italian here). It is part of a Decree about Growth tackling a number of areas that are key to economic development at a critical juncture in the country’s history, with record-high public debt, a deep recession […]

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