Period:February 2014 - January 2015
Limited (in kind + some travel costs)
Internal funding + LAPSI2.0 funds
Person(s) in charge:
Claudio Artusio (project manager)
The Nexa Center is carrying out a research on the use of open data in the context of the Italian Parliament. The research - performed in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate of the Republic - is meant to analyze the wealth of data made available (or simply held) by the Parliament houses and provide best practices to exploit such data, e.g. for citizens' engagement purposes. The project working group populated a semantic Wiki, now open to further improvements. A first research report has been published in May 2015, and presented at
Several Parliaments are currently making available datasets as open data, also using linked data standards such as RDF to enhance data re-usability. Usually, these data are quite relevant to better understand the work of elected assemblies, and to improve citizens trust. Several other reuses, including business-oriented ones, are possible as well. Besides, Parliaments themselves make an intensive use of external data, e.g., to prepare documentation to be attached to legislation, inform Members of the Parliament, and other stakeholders.
Last Update: 2015-03-31.
The research aims at reviewing the wealth of data generated and managed by the Italian Parliament, and compare best practices of data publications with respect to the initiatives of other European Parliaments. Besides,
it intends to gather insights on how an advanced use of open data could improve the efficiency and quality of the Parliament's activities, highlighting the dual role of producers and users of data of the elected assemblies.
Last Update: 2015-09-08; Next Expected Update: 2015-12-01
The project working group populated a semantic Wiki, now open to further improvements. A first research report has been published in May 2015, and presented at
During the initial phase, the structure of the research output (which consists in a semantically annotated Wiki, and a public report) was defined. he research encompasses an introduction on legal, technical and operational issues of open government data;a second section describes the open data publication strategy of the Italian Senate and Chamber, with an international comparison; the third and fourth sections focus on the use of data by external reusers and internal users (i.e., Parliament's offices supplying the ICT infrastructure and providing documentary assistance); finally, the study provides an overview of the key opportunities and best practices to promote the use of parliamentary data both internally and externally.
In order to broaden the discussion on the relevant topics, several meetings have been held between April and November 2014 with technical offices elaborating and supplying information to Members of the Parliament to support political and legislative decisions, independent associations, public organizations, open data communities, experts and researchers in the field of open data re-use.