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Open Data for the Campania Cultural Heritage – an update from the Route-To-PA Hetor pilot

- May 14, 2018 in cultural, Route to PA

This blog has been reposted from the Hetor blog. Since 2015 Open Knowledge International has been part of the consortium of Route-To-PA, a European innovation project aimed at improving citizen engagement by enabling meaningful interaction between open data users, open data publishers and open data. In the Route-To-PA case study series, we shine a light on public administrations, organizations and communities that have adopted and are using Route-To-PA tools for work and discussions around open data. One of these is the Hetor pilot, which is based on the creation and accessibility of knowledge concerning Campania cultural heritage. Some days ago, the University of Salerno held the final event of the “School-to-work Transition” projects. The schools involved in the Hetor activities presented the achieved results of the work done during their experience.
The aim of the students was the promotion of the Campania Cultural Heritage. The scholars contributed to the creation of a series of datasets – published with an open licence – and the realization of some articles published on the Hetor website. During the opening sessions, Professor Vittorio Scarano, IT Department, University of Salerno and Route-To-PA project coordinator, EU Horizon 2020, welcomed the participants, praising them for the success of the activities. The event hosted some important national and international personalities of the open data world:
  • Francesca De Chiara  (Govlab Fellow at New York University & Researcher at Digital Commons Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler), open data expert since 2011, showed a video about the Open Government Partnership, in order to explain the origins of the debate around open data and how governments use public data to solve daily life problems. She mentioned some collaborative platforms for the production of open data, such as OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia;
  • Conchita D’Ambrosio (Route-To-PA Ethical Advisor, Economics Professor at the University of Luxembourg), producer and user of open data, analyses how some particular events influence people, using and producing open data. During her speech, she pointed out the role of the students that have to face a considerable challenge due to the changes occurred to the world of work, and how experiences like that, which connect new technologies with open data, can be useful for them.
  • Jerry Andriessen (Wise & Munro – Route-To-PA WP5 coordinator, The Hague, NL) showed the changes occurred to the Route-To-PA project over the years, analysing in particular the importance of the pilot activities.
Afterwards, the students took the floor, presenting their School-to-work transition experience in collaboration with Hetor. The schools involved in the Hetor activities are:
  • I.I.S. “A.M. Maffucci” High School – Calitri (Av)
  • I.I.S.S. “G.B. Vico” High School – Nocera Inferiore (Sa)
  • I.S.I.S. “Ferraris – Buccini” High School – Marcianise (Ce)
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale “A. Diaz” High School – San Nicola La Strada (Ce)
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale “P.S. Mancini” High School – Avellino (Av)
  • “ProfAgri Salerno” High School – separate branch of Castel San Giorgio (Sa)
The students realized 36 datasets: Churches and Art Places
Alta Irpinia production firms
Rural Homes
Alta Irpinia Local farms
Bisaccia Local History
Ancient Professions and Arts – Professions section
Ancient Professions and Arts – Objects section Open Museum: the promotion of the Nocera Inferiore G. B. Vico High School Heritage
Nocera Inferiore Cultural Itineraries
Nocera Inferiore Cultural Itineraries – contemporary tour: the disused factories History of Carnival floats of Marcianise and neighbouring cities
Brewery census in Campania
Pizzerias in Campania
Churches and places of worship in Caserta Central Political Registry of Caserta province
San Nicola La Strada Open Museum of Rural Culture
Minor Local Resources of San Nicola La Strada
Annotated street guide of San Nicola la Strada
Ancient and medieval Itineraries of the province of Caserta
Modern Itineraries of the province of Caserta
Contemporary Itineraries of the province of Caserta
San Nicola La Strada Churches S. Maria delle Grazie, S. Maria degli Angeli, S. Maria della Pietà Irpinia Museum
Irpinia Museum – Epigraphs section
Historical Trademarks of Avellino province
Central Political Registry of the province of Avellino Agricultural weather stations in Campania
Certified breeding farms in Campania for the production of buffalo mozzarella
Certified cheese factories in Campania for the production of buffalo mozzarella
Fair trade groups
Natural local productions
Campania Region certified wines D.O.C.G., D.O.C. e I.G.P.
Campania Region organic food companies
Campania Region didactic farms
Firms associated with ANICAV
Campania Region Agriculture assistance centres In a second phase, students presented the posters that were expressly created for the event to the participants, explaining the process of datasets’ realization, from the sources research to the creation of the dataset and datalets.
At the conclusion of the posters’ presentation, Mirjam Pardijs (Wise & Munro,  e Learning research For understanding practices of learning, The Hague, NL), and Jerry Andriessen, praised the students for their works, emphasising the importance of their role within the Route-To-PA project and their abilities in using the SPOD Platform in a very productive way. At the end of the event, Professor Vittorio Scarano congratulated the schools on their achieved results, conferring to each school a certificate of merit.

ROUTETOPA Case Study: Hetor Pilot

- December 19, 2017 in open culture, Open Data, Route to PA, routetoPA

Since 2015 Open Knowledge International has been part of the consortium of RouteToPA, a European innovation project aimed at improving citizen engagement by enabling meaningful interaction between open data users, open data publishers and open data. In the ROUTETOPA case study series, we shine a light on public administrations, organizations and communities that have adopted and are using ROUTETOPA tools for work and discussions around open data. This case study narrative was written by Hetor Pilot’s Carmen Luciano, Vanja Annunziata, Maria Anna Ambrosino and Gianluca Santangelo and has been reposted from the RouteToPA website. Italy has a long cultural tradition and the Campania region in particular is a territory that has a huge number of worthy local resources. Campania region’s cultural heritage must be preserved and promoted: first, by public administrations, but also by citizens. Unfortunately, these actions become more and more arduous, especially in a society totally oriented to the technological world, in which people are no more interested in “old things”. The Hetor project was born with the aim of “revealing Campania cultural heritage essence via open data power”, combining cultural heritage with new technologies. The project is part of the initiatives organized by the DATABENC Technological district (High Technology Consortium for Cultural Heritage) within the EU H2020 ROUTE-TO-PA Project, and it is based on the creation and accessibility of knowledge concerning Campania cultural heritage. The term Hetor (‘heart’ in greek) is connected to the principle of ‘truth’, meaning a shared and participatory construction of knowledge. The project aims to motivate and engage public administrations, local communities and schools in co-producing open data to enhance the local cultural heritage. Therefore, we have created a website for open data concerning the cultural heritage of the Campania region, which contains official data from national institutions, such as ISTAT, MIBACT, MIUR and Campania Region. The project is even more ambitious: by logging in to Hetor’s Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) citizens can hold discussions, using free licensed data that’s available for use all over the world, in addition to data collected on the project repository. They can also co-create contents related to their town, enhancing their local cultural heritage.

Screen grab of a co-created dataset on Hetor’s Social Platform for Open Data and a visualization created from the dataset

To reach these goals, the project follows two main directions:
  • Reuse of data, via various formats (images, GIF, articles) in order to spread the information collected within the datasets on SPOD;
  • Spreading of data, via a specific communication strategy that uses two main ways of communication, the Hetor Facebook page and the Hetor blog .
The initial activities of the project involved a group of trainees undertaking their ICT Masters program for  in “Cultural Heritage Information System” at DATABENC. They produced 8 datasets about the Cultural Heritage resources of Campania Region, including material and immaterial resources, in order to facilitate the creation of touristic itineraries to promote the territory. In the second phase, students have been involved in the project, in particular 4 schools located in the provinces of Salerno, Avellino and Caserta. At the end of the activities, conducted within the ‘School-to-work transition programme’, students have produced 19 datasets about their local resources, both tangible and intangible ones. Communities also collaborated with the project: two groups of citizens in particular, in the province of Salerno, produced two datasets related to their territory. The power of the Hetor Project lies in the combination of cultural heritage with ICT: the open data collected on SPOD are the means to promote and enhance the territory. Currently they concern the Campania region, but that could be implemented to the national level with citizen’s participation. Everyone can join us, co-creating data in order to enhance their own town, revealing information that even native citizens did not know before! To stay updated on Hetor’s future work, you can read more on this blog and follow updates via Facebook.

Pin it in the Parks: Crowdsourcing park facilities information in Dublin

- November 24, 2017 in Open Data, Route to PA

Since 2015 Open Knowledge International has been part of the consortium of RouteToPA, a European innovation project aimed at improving citizen engagement by enabling meaningful interaction between open data users, open data publishers and open data. This month, the project is running the Pin it in the Parks competition together with Smart Dublin to encourage, inform and engage citizens and residents on services and issues in their local areas. This blog has been reposted from the RouteToPA website Ever wondered if there are tennis courts or exercise machines in the parks near you? What about playgrounds or skate parks or even historical monuments? A four weeks competition, Pin it in the Parks, encourages citizens to share information on the facilities available in parks near them in the city of Dublin. By using the RouteToPA android app, the user will have the ability to take photos of facilities they encounter and provide its exact location, hence making this information available to everyone. Here is what we know about some of Dublin’s park facilities, through information collected by SmartDublin & RouteToPA project:

This leafletjs-datalet was created by RTPA in his newsfeed from this dataset

Why is this competition important?

Local authorities are coming together all over Ireland to work together to improve access to information and to make data more accessible and easy to use. Participating in this competition will strengthen the role played by citizens and residents firstly to push towards more open data about issues that touch on their daily lives and secondly to raise awareness about the current state of the parks. Citizens and residents that are aware of their needs and their surrounding form a stronger pressure group. The competition encourages teamwork, as participants are strongly encouraged to apply in teams which will increase their chances of getting more points.

The information collected throughout this competition will push citizens to start discussions around their needs and the current states of the parks amongst other topics. RouteToPA, through its SPOD platform, allows participants to start and participate in the conversation around the data collected. Obtaining credible data is the first step towards finding solutions to the challenges a society might face.

Finally, keep an eye on the Pin it in the Parks website where the competition updates and final results will be made available.
 

Pin it in the Parks: Crowdsourcing park facilities information in Dublin

- November 24, 2017 in Open Data, Route to PA

Since 2015 Open Knowledge International has been part of the consortium of RouteToPA, a European innovation project aimed at improving citizen engagement by enabling meaningful interaction between open data users, open data publishers and open data. This month, the project is running the Pin it in the Parks competition together with Smart Dublin to encourage, inform and engage citizens and residents on services and issues in their local areas. This blog has been reposted from the RouteToPA website Ever wondered if there are tennis courts or exercise machines in the parks near you? What about playgrounds or skate parks or even historical monuments? A four weeks competition, Pin it in the Parks, encourages citizens to share information on the facilities available in parks near them in the city of Dublin. By using the RouteToPA android app, the user will have the ability to take photos of facilities they encounter and provide its exact location, hence making this information available to everyone. Here is what we know about some of Dublin’s park facilities, through information collected by SmartDublin & RouteToPA project:

This leafletjs-datalet was created by RTPA in his newsfeed from this dataset

Why is this competition important?

Local authorities are coming together all over Ireland to work together to improve access to information and to make data more accessible and easy to use. Participating in this competition will strengthen the role played by citizens and residents firstly to push towards more open data about issues that touch on their daily lives and secondly to raise awareness about the current state of the parks. Citizens and residents that are aware of their needs and their surrounding form a stronger pressure group. The competition encourages teamwork, as participants are strongly encouraged to apply in teams which will increase their chances of getting more points.

The information collected throughout this competition will push citizens to start discussions around their needs and the current states of the parks amongst other topics. RouteToPA, through its SPOD platform, allows participants to start and participate in the conversation around the data collected. Obtaining credible data is the first step towards finding solutions to the challenges a society might face.

Finally, keep an eye on the Pin it in the Parks website where the competition updates and final results will be made available.