Workshop: Open Data for Macro-Regional Development - How to make the most out of an underused resource

Event date
October 12, 2016
European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0C - Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Etterbeek
Short description

Data drives good management and increasingly the economy. The open data movement not only helps the free flow of data within and between organisations, but also can aid innovation, transparency and growth. Within this context, the JRC and partners in the Danube region have established the Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI); an open data infrastructure in support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). By bringing together heterogeneous stakeholders, the DRDSI leads to technological innovation and triggers public sector modernisation.


The workshop will outline the benefits of open data and showcase the results of the DRDSI. This will be followed by flash presentations covering stakeholders’ experiences and the opportunities they see related to open data and innovation. The session will close with an open mic, where the audience will be given the opportunity to propose additional topics for further investigation.

Moderator: Prof. Miroslav Veskovic

  • Introduction to the workshop (DG JRC)
  • Macro-regional strategies. The European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (Andrea Mairate, DG REGIO, tbc.)
  • Danube Strategy Point. Coordination of the EUSDR implementation. Data for EUSDR implementation and monitoring (Matija Vilfan, DSP)
  • Benefits from open data for macro-regional development. Lessons learned from the “Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure”
  • DRDSI – an overview (DG JRC)
  • Technical innovation for regions; Markus Seifert (regional administration)
  • Role of open and interoperable data for research and education; Florian Petrescu (Academia)
  • How to add value to PSI. Experiences from the SDI4apps project; Tomas Mildorf (R&D)
  • Open data on the international scene. World Bank and FAO activities in the Danube region; (Rumyana Tonchovska, FAO)
  • Data for Democracy; Simon Vrečar (NGO)
  • The future of data-driven policy development for macro-regions: the Knowledge Centre for territorial policies (Enrica Chiozza, DG JRC)


Source: EUSDR

Geographical focus
  • Danube Macroregion
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General
Event type
  • Training

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on September 26, 2016
Modified on September 30, 2016