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Pia Mancini
Democracy in 21 century

11 December 2014
Hall F

Our political system is in serious need of an update. While the Internet has completely changed the way we relate to one another, the way we communicate, the way we express ourselves, our political system remained unchanged for over 200 years. It's about time we have a conversation about what is democracy for the 21st century.

Pia Mancini, Director of Net Democracy, peer and co-founder of The Net Party, political scientist.

Director of Net Democracy, a foundation that proposes a space where citizens can meet to imagine, design and implement innovations on the political system that open up democracy's bandwidth.

Peer and co-founder of The Net Party, The XLab Fellow, President of arteBA's Young Committee, Political Studies (UTDU), MA in Asian Studies (Australia). Former Chief of Advisors Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs, Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Worked at Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), was part of the founding team of Interrupción Free Trade, a non for profit that aimed at building corporate social responsibility, fair trade and responsible consuming projects. Author of Art Bits.


Jeff Howe
Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business

11 December 2014
Hall A

Jeff Howe is a journalist and a professor of journalism who first analyzed the phenomenon and coined the word “crowdsourcing” for how business was enlisting the masses to help stoke a popular trend. In his book, Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business, Jeff explains how companies are embracing the digital herd. What sets Howe’s book apart is his focus on business, an examination of different crowdsourcing models, and a deep dive into academic research to explain why people work together. Howe breaks crowdsourcing into four models, laying out examples that businesses can tailor to their own circumstances. In the first, “collective intelligence,” companies ask people inside and outside the company to help solve problems and suggest new products. The second model, “crowd creation,” leverages the volunteer creative pool to produce and contribute media, from Wikipedia to news segments to video ads. In the third model, people vote for their favorite product, thereby illustrating “crowd voting” and prototyping a successful product. The last model is “crowdfunding,” where people underwrite new product and services. Howe sweeps away certain misapprehensions about such activity. While it’s true that most people who are involved don’t get paid, they still need incentives. Perhaps the hardest lesson for businesses is the importance of including people with whom you don’t ordinarily work. Organizations reinforce similar approaches and inside-the-box thinking. When you’re looking for something truly different, the crowd can lead you down a less traveled path.

Jeff Howe, Professor of Journalism at the Northeastern University in Boston, originator of the term “Crowdsourcing”, author of “Crowd- sourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business”, USA

Jeff Howe is the author of Crowdsourcing, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

sset, Governments worldwide are committing to new levels of evidence-based policy making.  Advanced data analytics are a critical part of the capability necessary to deliver on this commitment.  This presentation will address the nature of the capabilities required and the challenges to creating necessary capabilities.


Dr. Theresa Pardo
Сreating capability for data analytics as part of the public policy making process

12 December
Hall F

Building on advances in technology and growing appreciation for the value of data as a public asset, Governments worldwide are committing to new levels of evidence-based policy making. Advanced data analytics are a critical part of the capability necessary to deliver on this commitment. This presentation will address the nature of the capabilities required and the challenges to creating necessary capabilities.

Dr. Theresa Pardo, Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, USA

Dr. Theresa A. Pardo is Director of the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany, State University of New York, holding research professor appointments in Public Administration and Policy and in Informatics. Under Dr. Pardo’s leadership the Center partners with governments around the world on research and innovative problem solving projects focused on the intersections of policy, management, and technology. Dr. Pardo is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee and serves as Open NY Adviser to New York State’s Governor Cuomo.

Dr. Pardo is founder of the Smart City, Smart Government Research to Practice Consortium and is President of the Digital Government Society, a global multi-disciplinary organization of scholars and practitioners interested in the development and impacts of digital government. She also serves as Advisor to the E-Government Committee for the China Information Association; and Expert Advisor to the Open Data 500 Project.

Additionally, Dr. Pardo’s membership on editorial and advisory boards includes Government Information Quarterly; New York State’s Transparency, Evaluation and Health Information Technology Workgroup; U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information, Management, and Technology; the Data Center for Applied Research in Social Sciences at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), Mexico; and is a Senior Adviser to the State Information Center, China.

Dr. Pardo has published over 130 articles, research reports, practice guides, book chapters and case studies and is ranked among the top five scholars in her field in terms of productivity and citations to her published work.




Augusto Herrmann
Open source data catalog: an overview of CKAN

12 December 2014
Hall D

CKAN is the world leading open data catalog software. CKAN is used by most open data portals around the world, including national governments such as Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, United States and United Kingdom; cities like Cáceres, Hamburg, Recife and Rotterdam, but also regional governments and the European Union.

Data reusers can browse and use faceted search to find data, and then preview and download those they find useful. Data publishers can input relevant metadata through the user interface or by automated means through an API. Data can also be federated and harvested from multiple other sources.

This session will focus on a brief overview of the features and usage of CKAN.

Augusto Herrmann, Member of the Open Data team in the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management at Brazil

Augusto Herrmann is a member of the Open Data Team of the Brazilian federal government, where he works in designing and executing open data policies. He is an Information Technology Analyst at the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management. His work there includes managing the open data portal, which has been one of the first government portals in the world built in collaboration with civil society, where any interested citizen could participate. Besides the portal, this is where standards and best practices for open data are researched and shared to the network of people implementing open data in public institutions in Brazil.

Augusto Herrmann is also involved with the Open Knowledge Foundation. There he started the localization to Brazilian Portuguese language, as well as translated most of the text, of the open data catalog free software CKAN. CKAN is the most used open data catalog software in the world. Augusto Herrmann also contributed to other Open Knowledge projects, such as the Open Data Index, which measures the performance of open data all around the world, and also Public Bodies, an index of public institutions in many countries in the world.

Augusto Herrmann holds a bachelor degree in Computing Mathematics by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a MSc. in Knowledge Management and Information Technology by the Catholic University of Brasilia.


Prof. Soeren Auer
Facilitating the integration and reuse with the Linked Data approach

12 December 2014
Hall D

The Linked Open Data Cloud, Google's knowledge graph or the initiative are impressive examples of the evolution of the
Web from a Web of documents to a Web of Data. Development such as Big
Data or the recently appearing concept of data value chains demonstrate
the increasing importance of data. In particular heterogeneous, distributed data poses a particular challenge for applications. In this
tutorial will be covered the Linked Data concept addressing this challenge in the societal, government, industry and domains and the importance of semantically representing and
interlinking open government and smart city data.

Sören Auer, Chairman of Enterprise Information Systems at University of Bonn, leader of EU project LOD2, Germany

Prof. Sören Auer holds the chair for Enterprise Information Systems at University of Bonn and leads a research group at Fraunhofer Insitute for Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). Sören has made substantial contributions to social and semantic web technologies, knowledge engineering, usability, as well as databases and information systems. Sören is co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Sören led the European Union’s FP7-ICT flagship project LOD2 comprising 15 partners from 11 countries, where he led the development of the

Pan-European Data portal He is co-founder of several high-impact research and community projects such as DBpedia,, LinkedGeoData and OntoWiki. He serves as an expert for industry, EC, W3C and advisory board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation.


Michael Badics
Urban data visualization

12 December 2014
Hall D


The process of urbanization means a continuing change of a city's parameters, the constant growth of population, a change of the population's needs and ways of life. Therefore, we can say that every city has got its own pulse - this pulse is generated by people's actions and can be described by all kinds of data.

This data may not always be obvious; on the contrary, often it still needs to be discovered. But how can you discover something that is invisible? For that we need instruments and tools which visualize complex data in a way that we can grasp it easily. Tools that can be used in an intuitive way and delivers immediate results.

During the workshop Michael Badiсs will talk about the current trends of big data visualization and methods that allow to discover unexpected relationships between all aspects of city life.

Michael Badics, Senior Director at A.E. Solutions, Austria

Michael Badics is at the moment director of AE Solutions, a new division of Ars Electronica. AE Solutions is developing the most promising prototypes and research results of the Ars Electronica Futurelab into products ready for real-world implementation. He was founder and managing director of Memetics GmbH and has studied computer sciences at the Linzer Johannes Kepler University. After 15 years working as software engineer and manager in the multinational software company Fabasoft AG he was working about 8 years with managing the Ars Electronica Futurelab. About 50 researcher and artists are working in the lab for planning and realizing international art projects, cooperation projects or third party projects in the context of Ars Electronica with the focus on cutting edge technologies in the area of Media Performances, Media Art & Architecture, Information Design und Exhibits.