Launching of an open data call for European proposals
par Elsa Sidawy | 07.15.11
Eric Besson, the Ministry of Digital Economy, launched yesterday an “Open Data call for European proposals”, aimed at encouraging the creation of applications and free mobile services based on European public data. Allocating 200,000 Euros, the call for proposals is coordinated by the Delegation for Internet Uses through its Proxima Mobile portal.
Simultaneously, the Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech handed in to the Minister a report entitled “Public data for innovation and openness”, which outlines three prospective scenarios for the future of open data in France and presents sixteen proposals for a national policy in this field. “Promoting the reuse of these data enables the community of developers and entrepreneurs to invent new uses for them. It is therefore encouraging innovation and contributing to the development of the strategic sectors of the future, from digital economy to sustainable development,” can be read in the report’s introduction. In a context in which public data release policies at the level of states, especially in the United States with the Open Government, is undergoing changes, a fresh impetus, this time on the European level, seems well timed.