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The Europe roundup: Spaghetti Open Data: what's cooking

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, February 21 2011

  • Italy | Spaghetti Open Data: what's cooking
    Spaghetti Open Data is a repository of Italian open data created by a group of Italian bloggers and civil servants that decided to donate their time and expertise to the initiative.
    PdF Europe speaker Alberto Cottica tells us about recent developments: what's the state of the pot...er, of the art?

    These days everyone is playing around with a WordPress plugin coded by Vincenzo Patruno, a developer working for ISTAT, very active among us spaghetti and open data lovers. The plugin is a widget that taps into ISTAT’s data warehouse and returns real-time demographic data on a municipality, province or region of our choosing (installation, supereasy, is explained here).
    Seeing this, another mailing list participant, Paolo Mainardi got the idea to do the same thing for Drupal. So he asked Vincenzo for the code, promptly got it, and just a few hours later he released a similar plugin, that taps into the same data, that runs on Drupal (get it here). Kudos to Vincenzo and Paolo: clearly the Italian open data movement has all the technical skills it needs.

  • EU | Digital Agenda Assembly: Save the date!
    The first Digital Agenda Assembly will take place in Brussels on 16-17 June 2011, as announced by Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

    More information on the website of the European Commission. The registration will open in March.
    Meanwhile... save the date!

  • EU | A bigger EU blogosphere and how to do that
    Euroblogger Kosmopolit wonders on how to create a bigger and healthier EU-blogosphere.
    His analysis starts from the discussions on the supposed decline of blogging because of... twittering. Is that a real problem?

    There is also the argument that blogging is on the decline because of twitter, tumblr and facebook. I am not sure whether blogging about politics  (as political arguments usually need more than 140 characters!) is actually affected by this trend although it is true that the EU twittersphere seems to be growing. OK, blogging is not for everyone and not everyone is motivated to blog regularly. However, if there was a bigger EU-blogosphere it would probably motivate more people to start blogging!

    The post then explores possibile new targets and a big matter, even for existing bloggers: motivation.

    This is the big question about motivation. What needs to be done to create a system to keep people motivated. For me it is the community aspect, meeting people in real life, doing projects, talking to people.If that is part of the answer, we need to create more possibilities to move the blogging experience into the real world. And what would be the role of the various blogging communities such as  bloggingportal.eu, ideasoneurope.eu, blogactiv.eu, cafebabel.com or 27etc.? Can we create better synergies and learn from each other?

     Kosmopolit has also some questions to relaunch the debate. Jump in!