Show what is possible! As Martin Kaltenböck – one of the organizers oft the recently held Semantic Web Meetup on an Austrian Open Government Data Initiative – said, there is a lot of enthusiasm and energy to inform the public and engage politics about the impact a initative similar to those in US and UK may have for Austria. And the KickOff was promissing. Inspiring talks by Rufus Pollock (UK) and Stefano Bertolo (EU) where giving an insight whats possible in the specific field of Open Government Data, as well as how a start of an initiative can look like.
The event was very well attended, and brought together stakeholders from science, industry, government and citizen activists, A promising melange of people which may carry the project forward to very concrete UseCases and Trials in the very near future. As the initiative is ment to be carried by a broad group of proponents, the follow-up of the meeting will be a round table talk, of those who are willing to contribute in upcoming light-tower projects and opening concrete sets of government data for that.
The next meeting of the Austrian Open Data Initiative takes place on the 12th May at 9.30 a.m. in
Room D, quartier 21 of the Vienna Museum Quarter.