Route-to-PA Looks to Improve the Relationship Between Open Data and Citizens
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13Feb
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Route-to-PA Looks to Improve the Relationship Between Open Data and Citizens

by maxkortlander   |   13 Feb, 2018

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Route-to-PA is a project aimed at improving the relationship between open data and citizens. The project has a number of aims and outcomes which, together, work towards making open data more personalized, useful, and accessible.

To achieve this, Route-to-PA is focusing on three main outcomes: impacting public administrations, impacting citizens and communities, and building a technical architecture to support better integration and presentation of open data.

In working with public administrations, Route-to-PA takes the approach that not every open data activity needs to affect policy making. Rather, they see high level digital strategies as a way to give municipalities more flexibility to come up with their own ideas to engage citizens. Pilots with public administrations and communities are currently underway in Dublin, Ireland; Utrecht, Netherlands; Prato, Italy; Hetor project, Italy; and Issy, France.

In these pilot cities, public administrations are engaging with the citizens via the Route-to-PA tools. The project works to build up awareness of open data and a community of open data champions. In Campania’s Hetor project, for example, people have come together to collaborate in their town library to collect and produce data about the town’s hidden cultural resources. In Prato, they have seen a similar situation, where students and parents have come together to build datasets on their town from scratch.

The culmination of these public outreach and co-creation sessions is the Route-to-PA technical architecture. The architecture consists of a Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) which will facilitate social interaction between open data users; a Transparency-Enhancing Toolset (TET) that includes extensions to facilitate easier use of existing Open Data Platforms; and GUIDE, a set of recommendations and best practices that help guide data publishers to achieve higher quality transparency through open data.

Route-to-PA produces open source software, which can be found and accessed at Github. The SPOD platform can be accessed freely at http://spod.routetopa.eu, while an example of TET can be visited at http://dublin-tet.routetopa.eu.

 

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