March 2015

Open Data and the Digital Single Market

The Lisbon Council convened the High-Level Roundtable on Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the G8 Open Data CharterRobert D. Atkinson, founder and president of The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a premier US-based think tank, presented the findings of Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the G8 Open Data Charter, a report that ranks the progress made by G8 members towards each of the five principles of the Open Data Charter, signed in 2013 in Lough Erne. Oliver Buckley, deputy director for government transparency and open data at the Cabinet Office in the United Kingdom, explained how the UK succeeded to lead the world for open data transparency. Vivian Chan, CEO and co-founder of Sparrho, a personalised recommendation platform for scientific research; Marie-Cécile Huet, chief marketing officer of OpenDataSoft, a platform that transforms of all types of data into innovative services; Jonathan Raper, CEO and founder of Transport API, an open platform for transport solutions; Yodit Stanton, CEO and founder,, a startup that offers smart solutions for sensor-generated private and open data; and Chris Taggart, CEO and co-founder of OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world, joined a CEO panel and discussed the opportunity – and challenge – of open data in the Internet economy. Later, Beatrice Covassi, deputy head of unit for data value chain at the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology, joined a High-Level Working Lunch on Open Data in the Digital Single Market, where she led an electric discussion on the potential of open government data to empower citizens, improve the delivery of public services but also generate significant economic value. The lunch was hosted by the European Digital Forum, a think tank managed by the Lisbon Council and Nesta and dedicated to web entrepreneurship.

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