Brunetta Promises an Italian Style data.gov within a Year
Rome: 3 June 2010
The call by the Italian Press, and strongly reinforced by Italian open data activists, for a strong and courageous Italian public information policy and actions continues, for example: Open Data in Italy?..."Yes, We Can" or Liberate i dati!. Political support for open data policies and an Italian style data.gov is now also being reported by the Italian Press.
These reports come at time when the Italian government has responded to the European Commission’s infringement procedure for incorrectly transposing the public sector information Directive 2003/98/EC. The European Commission (EC) has announced that the Italian Government has drafted an amendment to the Legislative Decree 24th January 2006, No. 36 on the re-use of documents in the public sector. If the Italian Parliament passes the amended law then Italy will have transposed the re-use of public sector information Directive 2003/98/EC correctly.
The source of the announcement by Renato Brunetta is from a 2010 interview conducted by the Director of Frontiers Interaction edition of Wired, Riccardo Luna on the basis of questions put forward by readers.
In his post, Mario writes:
“The Minister of Public Administration has promised that within six months Italy will also have a portal where the government will offer the public access to download and re-use the data along the lines of what they are already doing the United States and Great Britain.” …. "We are working with a law, some data is already available, but the databases are not connected and always online," said Brunetta, who then promised "a data.gov Italian by the end of the year."
The timing of Brunetta’s announcement was in keeping with open data news from the Italian Piedmont region – the very first Italian region to make government data available online - dati.piemonte.it. Mario commenting about the Piedmont data portal makes these points.
“The new site is rather a site built for the "re-use" data: offers downloadable data sets in CSV format, which can be included in that archive and database and questioned according preference. It is still a "beta", which contains only a few data sets (mainly relating to the school population and the use of ICT), but seems to be well made and - especially - has an interface that allows the user to interact with drawing (even if an email sent several days ago by the owner of this blog has not yet received a reply) to demand set of dates and "vote" than we are.”