The interested parties are invited to participate in the conference and discussion Open Europe: Open Data for Open Society organised on 18 and 19 February by the Latvian Open Technology Association (LATA) in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, the public participation platform ManaBalss.lv and Lattelecom. It will be one of the most significant events of the year in the sector of information and communication technologies. The event will gather 200 participants from 16 EU member states.
The Open Europe: Open Data for Open Society conference and discussion is one of the events within the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Latvia currently holds. Their aim is to promote the development and strengthening of the European information society. During the conference, experts will share their experience and present to the public the opportunities for the use of open data and the Latvian and foreign achievements in re-use of information. The aim of this discussion is to talk about use of open data and use the experience of successful citizens’ initiatives in Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, United Kingdom in order to come up with useful recommendations for the upcoming review of European Citizens’ Initiative mechanism as well as to give recommendations for the Digital Agenda for Europe.
The event will gather several high-level experts from Europe. An associate professor of Delft University of Technology, Dr. Bastiaan van Loenen, who is the author of more than 100 publications in the field of open data, will highlight the privacy issues related to geographical data, which is one of the most widely used data sets in the public sector. The director of the UK innovative start-up company Spend Network, Ian Makgill will share his experience in the use of open data for creation of not only new products and vacancies, but also for earning profit. Nuria De-Lama of Spain, who represents Atos Research & Innovation group for research of technologies and innovation in the European Commission, will present her point of view regarding the challenges associated with the large data volumes in Europe. The interested parties will have an opportunity to listen to the presentations given by the representatives from Germany, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, The Netherlands.
The open data policy in Latvia will be presented by Arnis Daugulis, Deputy State Secretary for ICT of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Regional Development, and Toms Ceļmillers, Lead Consultant of the Information Society Policy Section of the Electronic Management Department. Experience in opening data will be shared by Mārtiņš Štāls, Head of the Information System Development and Support Section of the Register of Enterprises. The discussion about national level e-petitioning portals and the European Citizens’ Initiative will be lead by Iveta Kažoka, policy analyst of the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS. Among panellists there will be: Uwe Serdült, Vice-Director of the Swiss Centre for Research on Direct Democracy, Peter Herlihy, project manager of UK Government Digital Service, Madara Peipina, representative of Latvian e-petitioning website Manabalss.lv, and Joonas Pekkanen, open democracy expert from Finland.
“LATA is proud to welcome so many international field experts in Latvia this year and organise a European discussion and conference on open society and open data. We wish to prepare recommendations for the European documents and initiatives as well as to highlight the digital priority in the Latvian Presidency,” says Jānis Treijs, Board Chairman of LATA.
The Conference & Discussion will take place in Jelgava and Riga on 18th-19th February.
The target audience of the events is representatives of the public, private, and non-governmental sectors who are involved in or interested in the building of the open society policy in Latvia and the EU and the opportunities for data usage, civic initiatives, e-petitions and who are enthusiasts of open technologies.
The event is financed by the State of Latvia. The main sponsor of the conference is Lattelecom. The event is supported by DPA and IBM. The participation in the events is free, and free shuttle service to the venue of the discussion in Jelgava will be provided.
LATA unites ICT organisations and private individuals, including IT providers and users who see economic benefits in wider uses of open technologies in Latvia. The members and associate members of LATA are ready to provide their input to join their effort in the building of a favourable environment for the users and suppliers of IT services in Latvia who use open technologies in their work, in order to thereby save the financial resources spent for IT purposes and assure their return to Latvian national economy.
The Association organises its annual conference on open data and technologies as well as on the novelties in the ICT sector, which is attended by more than 200 stakeholders of the sector.
Information prepared by:
LATA Information Coordinator
LEAD. Corporate Communication