SYNYO is an innovative Company based in Vienna and structured into the divisions of research, development and consulting. Focused on "ICT & Society", SYNYO follows a research-oriented approach, holds in-depth expertise in technical development, social research, and merges these areas successfully within applied research projects. The SYNYO staff consists of highly motivated academics specialised in various technical fields, including software engineering, architecture design, proof of concept prototyping, application development, Social Media analytics and usability testing. SYNYO also covers various social research disciplines such as security research, technological sociology, mass media and conflict communication and social research methods. In various projects SYNYO uses innovative methods such as monitoring approaches or collective intelligence techniques to collect, filter and present user generated content and mass data out of social media.
SYNYO will be the coordinator of the project by leading WP1 (Project Management and Coordination) and WP3 (Concept Design and Software Development). Thereby SYNYO will be responsible for the overall project coordination, the support and management activities and the documentation of the whole project process. As the consortium leader, it will be the official contact to the European Commission, will monitor and coordinate the Project participants and stimulate dialogue and exchange throughout the project. Furthermore SYNYO will take the lead of WP3 and is thereby responsible for the concept design and software development of the tool.
The Open Data Institute (ODI), founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, was officially launched in December 2012. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company, the ODI has a funded commitment to work with the UK Government (via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board) over the next five years. The institute seeks to offer the catalyst for the evolution of an open data culture, to create economic, environmental and social value.
The Open Data Institute will be leading on WP5, Dissemination and Exploitation. The ODI has strong links within the open data, public sector and tech communities, which will enable the project to reach out to a broad and appropriate audience. The ODI will be able to ensure there is an ongoing awareness of the project amongst those (publishers and consumers) who could exploit the results of the project. The ODI will engage directly with appropriate communities and act on feedback to increase the effectiveness and relevance of the project. This will contribute to ensuring those communities adopt the technology and that the project continues to have an impact after it is completed. The ODI will furthermore support the leads in both WP2 and WP4.
The Institute for the Management for Information Systems (IMIS) is the newest institute of the "Athena" Research Center, with the mission is to conduct research, develop innovative applications and products, and provide services in the areas of data management and large scale information systems, with special focus on the management of geospatial data, linked data and big data.
IMIS has a profound experience of the open data landscape, having designed, implemented and maintained geodata.gov.gr, the first open data catalogue in Greece. The service started operating in 8/2010, being one out of eight open data catalogues worldwide. Geodata.gov.gr has led to direct savings of more than 20M euros for the public sector and is actively used by public authorities, the private sector, citizens, and NGOs.
IMIS is responsible for all demonstration and instruction tasks and thereby undertake usability tests with selected end users and bug reporting. Furthermore IMIS will be strongly integrated into the tool conceptualisation and development and can handle development tasks such as visualization and analysis services, data APIs and interoperability, open data publishing methodologies and tools, harvesting open data, data curation, linked open data.
The University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious in the United Kingdom. The university is truly international, drawing students from over 100 different countries and benefiting from a wide and varied culture. It is ranked in the top ten of research led universities in the UK, and participating in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives. The largest school of its kind in the UK, Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is internationally regarded for its world- leading and transformative research, and for its ability to define and develop new research directions. The school has a leading role in developments in the areas of Web Science and Linked Data including a Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and the prestigious Web and Internet Science research group, which will be directly involved in the project. Members of the group helped to form the Web as it is today and are helping to evolve not only its technologies but our understanding of it as an organic human-driven thing.
In the project, SOTON will lead WP2 and is mainly responsible for comprehensive research studies and open data stakeholder analysis. According to SOTONS extensive knowledge on open data systems and technologies they will also support the conceptualisation and development of the OpenDataMonitor.
IfG.CC is a non-partisan non-profit research institute for new forms of government and public administration in the information age. It researches and develops new ICT-based organisational models and forms of governance in a variety of policy fields. Our understanding of eGovernment is primarily based upon new ICT enabled networked forms of organisational design for policy and public service processes. eGovernment holds the potential not only to optimise organisational structures, but also to thoroughly redesign all kinds of public processes, thereby substantially contributing to higher efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy. IfG.CC conducts research in policy fields such as development cooperation, education, critical infrastructure, rural development, health and competence management. The institute pursues a highly interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon the disciplines of political and administrative science, computer science, sociology, social anthropology, business management, law and regional planning. Subject areas include process design and division of labour, service orientation, control and incentive systems, as well as change management and acceptance management.
In ODM, IfG.CC is mainly responsible for the research on stakeholders in open data. In particular, the institute researches stakeholder conceptions of open data, their requirements and actual use of open data and its meta data. These findings not only lay the groundwork for the OpenDataMonitor. In addition they are supplemented by research on the adoption of the tool. These findings will be built into use cases and user manuals.
Munich is the third biggest city of Germany with more than 1.4 Mio. Inhabitants. The city administration is responsible for social welfare, business and tourist promotion, services of general interest, environmental issues, cultural affairs and city planning. The city runs public schools, libraries and hospitals. The Munich Managerial Board - ICT strategy - is responsible for internal IT solutions and for providing public access to data of general interest.
The City of Munich will serve as a demonstration partner. Through the comprehensive insights of the needs and requirements of a city which publishes open data materials the tool will be build up, adapted and tested.
Red.es is the public entity, attached to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (MINETUR), responsible for driving the Information Society in Spain and for carrying out set by de State Secretariat for Telecommunications. Red.es eGov Shared Services Department, the one involved in the project, is where datos.gob.es (the Spain portal that organizes and manages the Catalog of Public Information, the single point of access to data sets of the General State Administration) is managed.
Red.es will function as a demonstrator and will contribute through interviews and tool tests to build the OpenDataMonitor according to the needs of a real national open data hub.