“Open Data. Why?”. This is the issue that the Open Data Day (ODD) event will address on the 28th of February 2015 at the Innovathens space in the center of Athens. The event is organized by OpenData Institute (ODI) Athens of the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) (ΕΛΛ/ΛΑΚ in Greek), as part of the celebrations for the world open data day. Hosted at the beautiful Technopolis of Athens, ODD 2015 is actively supported by a team of esteemed co-organizers, namely NCSR Demokritos, National Documentation Center, Agro-Know, SciFY ΑΜΚΕ, Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Ministry of Internal Affairs, and it is sponsored by the FREME project (which recently held its kick-off meeting in Berlin, Germany).
Participants, through participatory labs, will have the opportunity to discuss upon the practical ways of exploiting and benefiting from the uses of open data. The discussion does not refer only to professionals with an IT background; instead it is an open call for every citizen who is interested to understand the use of his everyday data. Therefore the event sets as a main goal the spreading of the idea that open data can contribute on the development of society through the public and private sector. This way ODD strives to activate, strengthen, expand and solidify the Greek open data community. In this direction, participatory labs are created for ODD with themes like open data for culture and tourism, data journalism stories, open data for the agriculture and nutrition sector, open data for education and research, and open data for public administration and economy. You can find more information about the programme of the event at the ODI Athens web page.
Since Agro-Know has long been part of the Greek open data movement, we were bound to be part of this event. Therefore, we are in charge of organizing and leading the discussions regarding the impact that open data have on the agriculture and nutrition sector, in the form of an “agri-food lab“, that is expected to engage people working with agri-food data from both the private and public sector, including Universities, research institutes, funding bodies, inspection agencies and cooperatives (among others), discuss issues and propose solutions based on opening up available agri-food related data.
For further information about the role of Agro-Know at the Open Data Day event please keep an eye on our blog for an upcoming related post – we are still working on the details of the agri-food lab! Meanwhile, you can join the ODD online discussion on Twitter by using the #ODD15GR hashtag.