The 3rd Samos Summit 2012 on Open Data and Interoperability

More than 80 high-level ICT experts and decision makers from 20 countries participated in the international Samos 2012 Summit on “Open Data and Interoperability for Governance, Industry and Society”, that took place from 2nd  to 6th  July 2012 in  the island of Samos.

The Samos 2012 Summit on Open Data and Interoperability
was co-organised by the University of Aegean, the Greek Interoperability Centre
of the National Technical University of Athens, the ENGAGE eInfrastructures
project (co-funded by the European Commission) and the ENSEMBLE Support Action
(under the auspices of the Future Internet Enterprise Systems cluster of DG
Connect), in order to foster international cooperation and strive for a new
research and practice agenda in open data, collaborative governance, enterprise
interoperability and future internet systems.

With an emphasis on Open Data, Interoperability
and a new participative governance model for the public sector, the enterprise
and within a connected, inclusive society, the Samos Summit was a first-class
opportunity to see, interact with and influence cutting-edge European ICT
research projects and initiatives.

The Samos Summit participants came from more
than 20 countries, representing research and development centres of Google,
IBM, Microsoft, Intrasoft International, Engineering, TXT, Whitehall Reply,
Athens Technology Centre, Fraunhofer, Poznan supercomputing centre, Cycorp and
more.  Representatives from several
collective bodies and organizations joined the discussions and workshops of the
Summit including W3C, ISA (European Commission unit for interoperability), EGI
(European grid infrastructure), the Hellenic Parliament and Greek, Austrian,
Slovenian, Spanish, Italian  public sector
/ eGovernment units.  See the
List of Participants for more information.

The key messages of the Summit, as presented in
Samos Declaration, put the emphasis on the
following actions:

  • Raise the legal and
    administrative barriers which prevent the spreading of open data

  • Support research on
    metadata, core vocabularies and visualization, as new ways of discovering and
    using open data

  • Promote innovation and
    entrepreneurship on open data applications for the public

  • Support open data use by
    science, in a global effort to reach evidence-based decision making on societal

  • Promote scientific
    approaches in solving interoperability issues, and especially the
    Interoperability Scientific Foundations

  • Strive for open data and
    interoperability “killer-apps”, in order to illustrate the power of ICT tools
    towards wider audiences

  • Foster collaboration among scientific
    communities, industry, SMEs, public sector and citizens, towards an ecosystem
    where the immense potential of open, interoperable data will be exploited

For more information and all the presentations
and workshops of the Samos 2012 Summit visit:

Samos 2012 Participants, outside Karlovassi Town Hall.

(with Uni Aegean students / researchers dancing team)

Participants at the Conference Site - Doryssa Hotel

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