Breaking public administrations’ data silos: the case of Open-DAI, and a comparison between open data platforms

International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014 / "Best paper" award
Raimondo Iemma, Michele Osella, Federico Morando
21-23 May 2014

An open reuse of public data and tools can turn the government into a powerful ‘platform’ also involving external innovators. However, the typical information system of a public agency is not open by design. Several public administrations have started adopting technical solutions to overcome this issue, typically in the form of middleware layers operating as ‘buses’ between public sector data centres and the outside world. Open-DAI is an open source platform designed to expose data as services, directly pulling from legacy databases of the data holder. The platform is the result of an ongoing project funded under the EU ICT PSP call 2011. In this paper, we present the rationale and features of Open-DAI, also through a comparison with three other open data platforms: the Socrata Open Data portal, CKAN, and ENGAGE. Future exploitation scenarios for Open-DAI are also discussed.

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