Open Data topics of EU-wide relevance
Having read the posts in this group, I'd like to suggest that the following topics should be discussed at the DAA.
Opening up data, government and others, is an important avenue towards more transparency of institutions and digital innovation in 21C. Yet, we [http://www.okfn.org] are convinced that an important prerequisite to make this vision happen, is free access to the tools needed to manage and analyse OD. In other words To maximize (re)use we need to include the maxium number of people and therfore, we need to minimize barriers to participate. Open Source software plays an essential role here.
2) One market ...
It is important to shape Europe's emerging OD market in such ways that the market really is a single market.
a) ... One license
From a legal point of view that means for OD (as for open ource, btw) that license proliferation is prevented as much as possible. Ideally, we are striving towards a single license that captures the "Open Data Principles" in a legally binding manner. We are interested to discuss how work already done, like OKF's Open Database License [http://opendatacommons.org], can help here and how the way forward can look like. Do we eed another "EU Data License" at all? And if yes - which I am not yet sure about -, can we mimick the approach the EU has done in software by making the EUPL a "GPL translated legally into all EU languages"?
As a related question, we need to clarify whether copyright licenses - even if open like the CC family of licenses - are adequate and legally applicable to data set; or whether they do not in fact create new risks around "copy fraud" which could transfrom into liabilities of data-providing PS bodies.
b) ... open standards
From a technical point of view, we should be agreeing (soon) on a minimal set of openly specified data formats to be used preferentially on all the data portals deployed. That is not to force portal providers into specific technical solutions, but to minimize technical frictions for a single European open data market and ecosystem.
We think that choosing data formats that are specified based on open standards [see Wikipedia] are of crucial importance here. The essential criteria are: specified by a non-closed group of data experts, not controlled by an individual market player, implementable at no cost and with no further (or hidden) IP risk by anyone.
I'd hope to get the chance to present/discuss these proposals in one form or other at the DAA and I am looking forward to comments online!