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European People’s Party: Using European open data for better storytelling

By providing easy and free access to data, the European Union wants to encourage innovation and unleash further economic potential. The EU institutions already have an extensive catalogue of open datasets, covering many different aspects – including Politics, Law, Transparency and Finance – which can be retrieved through the EU Open Data Portal. Moreover, this year saw the first Diplohack Brussels, hosted by the Council of the European Union and the Netherlands Presidency. At the same time, the rise in open data has enabled a few, innovative journalists to tell powerful stories and to back them up with interactive graphics.

On 23-24 November, the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions brings together journalists, data experts and young media makers to the ninth edition of its Winter University, to share experiences of data journalism and the potential of EU open data to break stories, in an informal and interactive setting.

The event will conclude with a debate on the links between open data and data journalisms contribution to the transparency of government.

Draft programme

23 November 2016

12.30 – 14.00 Registration and sandwich lunch

14.00 – 14.15 Welcome: European Committee of the Regions, JDE 51
Luc Van den Brande, Member of the EPP Group in the CoR and special advisor to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on relations with citizens

14.15 – 15.30 Introduction: what is open data and how can it be used by journalists?
Moderator: Gareth Harding
Kathryn Geels, Digital Catapult Centre
Pablo Sarrias, CEO OpenSeneca
Gianna-Carina Grün, Data Journalist

16.00 – 18.15 Open sessions, European Committee of the Regions, Atrium 5
An opportunity for participants to meet in smaller groups to exchange experience and ideas and plan future cooperation, made up of eight 45 minute slots.
Facilitators already proposed from Diplohack, YourDataStories, the European Commission and more…

18.30 – 20.00 Networking dinner, European Committee of the Regions, Atrium 5

24 November 2016

09.30 – 10.00 Registration and security

10.30 – 11.30 Data journalism best practices, European Committee of the Regions, JDE 51
Moderator: Gareth Harding
Marianne Bouchart, Data Journalism Awards manager and founder of HEI-DA.org
Maarten Lambrechts, Data & multimedia editor at Tijd, L’Echo
Martin Maska, European Youth Press

12.00 – 13.00 Open data as a tool for active citizenship
Debate with Members of the European Committee of the Regions on the power of open data to create economic opportunities and help citizens make more informed decisions

13-00 – 14.30 Networking lunch with CoR Members belonging to the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, Atrium 5

14.30 – 17.00 Findings, conclusions and next steps
Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Open Data Day 2017 is on Saturday 4th March. It is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The EPP Group would like to contribute to this day by publishing your stories and experiences!

For more information, contact the epp secretariat

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