During April 6-9, Saragossa (Zaragoza) (Spain) hosted TECNIMAP 2010, the 11th Conference on Information Technology for the Modernization of Public Administration. The event attracted 6,200 attendees from Spain and the EU Member States.
Framed within TECNIMAP, the W3C Spain Office, and CTIC-CT, in collaboration with Tecnimap, organized the ‘Día W3C en la Administración Pública‘ (the W3C Day in the Public Administration), a conference focused on eGovernment using Web standards.
The event was divided in three different topics: Linking Data + Geografical information, Linking Data + Reusing Public Sector Information, and best practices on eGovernment (WCAG 2.0, Semantic Web, and Policies).
Some national experts talked about their experience on these subjects. This three sessions were titled:
- Boosting a Smarter Infrastructure for Environmental and Geospatial Services
- The future of the Public Sector Information on the Web
- eGovernment 2.1 Workshop
Boosting a Smarter Infrastructure for Environmental and Geospatial Services
This first session was composed of five short talks and a subsequent panel moderated by Ramón Rodríguez (SADIM). All the speakers talked about their work related to interoperability of Environmental and Geospatial Information using Semantic Web technologies, and other W3C standards. The invited speakers are listed below, in order of appearance.
- Ángel Machín, W3C Geolocation WG Co-Chair / Vodafone
Ángel introduced the role of the W3C Geolocation Working Group and showed the possibilities of the mobile devices for the Web.
- Sebastián Mas, Head at the National Centre of Geographical Information, National Institute of Geography (Instituto Geográfico Nacional)
Sebastián talked about the European Directives related to geographical information, like INSPIRE, which are being deployed on all EU States.
- F. Javier Zarazaga, University of Saragossa
Zarazaga is an expert on technical issues of the most innovative solutions for representing, and sharing Geographical Data. His speech mentioned many W3C technologies,
which are essential for managing this kind of information. This technical talk complement the previous one.
- Óscar Corcho, Ontology Engineering Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Óscar explained deeply, but easy to understand, the mechanisms of Linking Data. He presented geo.linkeddata.es, an open initiative to enrich the Web of Data with Spanish geospatial data.
- Daniel Baeyens, OpenStreetMap
Daniel, representative of OpenStreetMap, talked about the geospatial metadata included in their platform. OpenStreetMap is committed with the W3C standards.
The future of the Public Sector Information on the Web
This session had a relevant impact in the conference due to the launching of several Open Government Data sites. Also, other interesting initiatives on public administration interoperability and transparency were presented. The session dynamics was similar than the first one, where every speaker talked 20 minutes, and participared in a short panel moderated by Martin Álvarez, W3C Spain Office Manager.
- Sergio Fernández, CTIC
Sergio introduced some W3C standards very useful to solve challenges like open and reusing public sector information, interoperability between governments, and more. He talked about the Linking Open Data Project and its evolution to date.
- Alberto Ortiz de Zárate, Managing Director of Citizen Services at Basque Government
Alberto presented the work of the Basque Government on Open Government Data to impulse transparency and citizen engagement. He announced launching of opendata.euskadi.net, the open data portal with reusable information.
- Juan Leal, Head of Research and Innovation Services at Andalusian Government
Juan talked about the Andalusian Government’s approach to solve the interoperability of the different Content Management Systems they have in all departments. Their solution is open source, and uses RDF to represent and share information.
- Mª América Álvarez, Managing Director of Information Technologies, Government of the Principality of Asturias
María América presented a Open Government Data platform based on Linking Government Data, called risp.asturias.es. She talked about the standards they used (SPARQL, RDF, URI Schemes, etc.) and showed some examples of mashups made with this semantic data.
- Mª Jesús Fernández, Head of the City Council’s web, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza
María Jesús has always been committed with W3C, and its standards. She presented some interesting projects: Easy Web Zaragoza, a mashup platform for citizens who want to build their own applications composing widgets; Tourist Visit Planner, a application based on Semantic Web technologies to suggest plans to visit Saragossa; and datos.zaragoza.es, a open dataset catalog.
- Jordi Graells, Deputy Director of Content and Innovation in the Catalan Government
Jordi complemented the rest of the talks showing their projects to foster citizen engagement in Catalonia (status of the local train services using Twitter). He talked about Open Data and reusing documents, they have even published the full information (technical specifications, maps, etc.) about a new penitentiary in Catalonia.
eGovernment 2.1 Workshop
This practical workshop was addressed by Martín Álvarez and Chus García on behalf of W3C Spain Office. Martín talked about Linking Government Data, and the mechanisms to create, publish, and consume Linked Data. Chus García gave an overview on WCAG 2.0.
Míriam Ruiz, Consultant at CTIC, talked about policy for public websites where citizens interact with.