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Posted by Openness Team
According to a recent McKinsey and Company report, open data’s economic value is an astounding $3 to 5 trillion annually. The world’s citizens have the most to gain through higher-quality, more affordable consumer products and services, but this potential can’t be realized without governments, which must lead the way in developing a dynamic open-data market. Although governments worldwide have now opened up some 1 million data sets, challenges remain. For the top three challenges, including dealing with the costs, and how to address them, please continue reading on the Microsoft on Government Blog.
If you’re a Microsoft Excel fan who is hoping to use familiar technologies to meet the open data mandate, you should check out the just released Socrata Open Data Connector for Microsoft Office 365.
By adding support for the Open Data Protocol (OData), an open standard for accessing data over the web, users will be able to seamlessly access datasets from within their Excel spreadsheets, and keep them in sync as data changes.
Posted by Parul Bhandari Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Long recognized as an epicenter for business, technology, and cultural treasures, the Lombardia region in northern Italy has more recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement.
Lombardia launched its open data site, dati.lombardia.it, powered by the Socrata Open Data Portal running on Windows Azure, to host datasets on a range of topics, from museum locations for visitors to government spending information. To date, there are more than 430 datasets and visualizations on the site.
“We want to make information on government activities and decisions more open, comprehensive, timely, and freely available to the public,” said Oscar Sovani, Regione Lombardia’s Leader of Digital Agenda. “This is one step toward an open government model where we are more accountable and responsive to citizens.”
Posted by Frederic AatzDirector of Interoperability, Microsoft France
Microsoft TechDays 2014, the largest annual tech event in France dedicated to developers, IT professionals and business leaders, recently brought together 19,000 attendees with 60,000 online participants for three packed days of sessions.
This year open source technologies were at the heart of the event, with several sessions dedicated to how Microsoft and open source solutions are working well together. Presentations ranges from an overview of Microsoft’s support for open source software on Windows Azure in the cloud to working sessions focused on Node.js.