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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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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How Open Data Can Both Be Important and Become Irrelevant

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 11, 2012  |  7 Comments

In his relentless campaign for the importance of open data, Alex Howard published an interesting article where he mentions a recent press release by Gartner that highlights the “big data makes organization smarter, but open data makes the richer”. The press release is based on a research note by my colleague David Newman (subscription required), […]


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Governments Could Go Out of Business: What Should Technology Do?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

People have been following with a moderate sense of worry the financial crisis unfolding in Greece and other European countries, Despite how dramatic the situation has become in Greece, many have remained in denial about the possibility of a serious contagion to other vulnerable countries. However things have suddenly changed, as Valencia, Murcia, Catalonia and […]

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When Government Does Not Understand Simple On-Line Needs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 6, 2012  |  2 Comments

This morning I was driving near one of the major processing sites of the garbage collection company in Milan, and a truck came out of the site, without giving any priority to the cars on the main street, including mine. I was driving rather slowly, so I managed to pull the brakes in time to […]


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The Unbearable Lightness of Openness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

Over the last ten years I have come across countless consultants and advisors to government and the broader public sector who have been asserting the unquestionable benefits of anything preceded by the term “open”. Open standards, open source, open data, open government, open innovation, and so forth. Those who are younger in the business may […]


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Let’s Take Open Government Out of The Hands of Technologists

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 18, 2012  |  4 Comments

Yesterday I attended ForumPA, the largest government technology conference in Italy, which draws every year a crowd of 30 to 40,000 people from government, industry and academia to discuss how IT can help transform service delivery and operations. Attendees and exhibitors come from all tiers of government (city, provincial, regional and national) and from many […]


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Open Data and The New Divide

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 14, 2012  |  7 Comments

Over the last four years open government and open data have been at the forefront of the debate on how governments can become more transparent, participative and efficient. The theory is well known: rather than (or alongside) providing the government’s interpretation or packaging of public data, this data should be made available in raw, open […]


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Why Employees Are The Missing Link for Successful Open Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 3, 2012  |  11 Comments

Open government initiatives are either aimed at providing greater transparency, usually as a reaction to an accusation or perception of excessive secrecy, or at engaging citizens in specific problem solution as well as service delivery. It is probably fair to say that the US federal initiatives are closer to the former, while UK initiatives are […]


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What Does It Take to Make Open Data Really Open?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 2, 2012  |  5 Comments

While I was thinking about this post, I have seen Tom Slee’s one titled “Why the Open Data Movement is a Joke”, which has raised some discussion and understandable outrage in the open government circles. Tom’s argument starts from underlying an inherent conflict between the Canadian government’s decision to join the Open Government Partnerships (see […]


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