Open data workshop 2018

April 17, 2018

According to the decision of the CEDR Governing Board (GB), it was decided to organise a workshop during TRA2018 in Vienna. Selected external stakeholders were invited to discuss with the GB members on elements of open data.

A roundtable discussion was organised between the invited discussants and the Governing Board members. The individual topics of interest were introduced with presentations by the relevant stakeholders. Individual countries complemented the topic through their own short presentations, but all participants were be able to bring their own experiences and reflections.

1. The European perspective on Open data for (transport) authorities
Eddy Hartog, Head of Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT
Tom Roelants (Belgium-Flanders)
2. Automotive industry perspective
Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)
Serge Van Dam, Co-leader or CEDR’s WG Cooperative and Automated Driving

3. Construction industry perspective
Juan Elizaga- President, European Network for Construction Research & Development (ENCORD)
Norbert Pralle: ENCORD Vice-President.
Miguel Segarra: ENCORD Infrastructure leader & ECTP V-President.
Laura Tordera: ENCORD General Secretary.

4. Open data and Innovation and the academic perspective
Dr. Frederika Welle Donker (TUDelft)



Left to right. Laura Tordera (ENCORD General Secretary), Dr. Frederika Welle Donker, (TUDelft), Norbert Pralle (ENCORD Vice-President), Miguel Segarra (ENCORD Infrastructure leader & ECTP V-President), Damir Topolko (CEDR Chairman), Joost Vantomme (ACEA), Steve Phillips (CEDR), Eddy Hartog (DG CONNECT) and Juan Elizaga (ENCORD President).

Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share alike.

Open data has various aspects, but in general the defining elements are that;

  • Open data ensures greater transparency about the operation of the government.
  • Open data also provides more efficiency both within and between governments as well as companies and organizations outside the government.
  • Open data also leads to innovation and the emergence of new and innovative products and services.

Open data is not to be confused with Big data.  Big data is the analysis of large datasets, (often from various sources) to obtain new knowledge about people and systems.  Open data can be used in Big dPata, but much of the Big data sets are not Open data (for example, famous social media platforms).


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