Share-PSI 2.0 is the European network for the exchange of experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector. It brings together government departments, standards bodies, academic institutions, commercial organisations, trade associations and interest groups to identify what does and doesn't work, what is and isn't practical, what can and can't be expected of different stakeholders.
The impetus for the Share PSI 2.0 Thematic Network is the revised European Directive on the Public Sector Information. This revises and increases the obligations on European Union member states to make their publicly funded data available at zero or, at most, marginal cost. Noting the work of the LAPSI project, which is concerned with legal aspects of Public Sector Information, this project focuses on the practical and technical challenges. What data is covered by the Directive? How should it be published? What can be done to maximise the return on investment, whether in terms of internal efficiencies or external commercial development. What are the existing best standards to use, what new standards need to be developed? These and many more questions are being addressed by Share-PSI 2.0.
The main activity of the network is to organise a series of workshops examining different aspects of PSI. In each workshop, the network partners with direct experience will present their case studies. These will be complemented by external speakers who will be invited via the typical route of a call for participation, peer review of submitted papers and selection by a programme committee.
The output of the workshops will be offered as input to the W3C Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group. As the name suggests, that group is compiling a W3C standard that will help guide people and organisations around the world as they build the Web of data.
Towards the end of the Share-PSI 2.0 network's life (the first half of 2016), the partners will incorporate the W3C Best Practice in their own guidelines as relevant to them in their country or sector of interest.
What you can do
The call for participation will open about 5 months before each workshop. If the topic matches an issue you're working with, submit a position paper and join the event. Several workshops are collocated with related events so that you can maximise the benefit of your travel.