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The Guardian - Big data and open data: what's what and why does it matter?

Big data and the new phenomenon open data are closely related but they're not the same. Open data brings a perspective that can make big data more useful, more democratic, and less threatening.

While big data is defined by size, open data is defined by its use. Big data is the term used to describe very large, complex, rapidly-changing datasets. But those judgments are subjective and dependent on technology: today's big data may not seem so big in a few years when data analysis and computing technology improve.

Open data is accessible public data that people, companies, and organisations can use to launch new ventures, analyse patterns and trends, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems. All definitions of open data include two basic features: the data must be publicly available for anyone to use, and it must be licensed in a way that allows for its reuse. Open data should also be relatively easy to use, although there are gradations of "openness". And there's general agreement that open data should be available free of charge or at minimal cost.

Read the full article in The Guardian

New project deliverables available online!

New public deliverables have been uploaded on our Reports section covering the 2nd year of the project.

Below you can see these deliverables listed:

- D2.2 Tracking technologies and social attitudes (Update)
- D6.1 Decision Support Framework for Policy Formulation
- D2.4 Initial evaluation and report of updated requirements
- D3.3 Second Functional Requirements Description
- D4.2.1 Initial Investigation into Tools & Techniques for Semantic Linking & Consolidation of Heterogeneous Open Data
- D5.2 Models and Tools to Analyse and Predict Discussion Dynamics and Sentiment towards Policy
- D5.3 Tools for evidence extraction from open data sources
- D6.2 Policy Modelling and Simulation Tool
- D6.3 Common Policy Appraisal Format
- D8.6 Report on Dissemination activities

Check them out and learn more about the project's developments!

Open Governance in Slovakia: Public consultation on draft Action Plan 2016-2019

Do you want to participate in the Open Governance plans of Slovakia for the upcoming years? In cooperation with representatives of ministries, NGOs and academia, the Ministry of Interior drafted an Open Government Partnership Action Plan. In this draft, the initiatives to enhance open governance for the years 2016-2019 are set forward.

To involve the public, the Ministry has launched a public consultation on the draft. You can either send them a mail with your feedback or participate in one of the three workshops organised around this draft. Do you want to help shape the Open Governance agenda of Slovakia? Join the consultation!

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The Guardian: "We are making the wrong energy choices for future generations"

Our children’s children will not thank us for investing so heavily in technologies like nuclear at the expense of safer, low-carbon options.
Which energy technologies will future generations thank us for?

Once hyped as providing electricity that would be too cheap to meter, the next, increasingly troubled nuclear power installation proposed for Britain, Hinkley Point C, stands at more than £24bn to be the most expensive building on Earth. Given the current economic climate with its emphasis on austerity, and the range of other energy options on offer, why is the government so keen to give the nuclear industry a second life?

The then energy secretary, Ed Davey, speaking in late 2013 when the government agreed the deal with French energy company, EDF, said that investing in new nuclear capacity was needed because without it, “we’re going to see the lights going out.”

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Over 300 new datasets by the end of 2016 in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Government announced that it will publish more Open Data throughout the course of 2016. The published data will cover a variety of subjects such as healthcare, real estate, transport, education, environment, labour policies and other topics. The Portal offers data from 43 bodies and uses CKAN as architecture. Of course, all the data available on the Bulgarian portal is harvested by the European Data Portal.

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