Conference “Open Data for Impact” – Erasmus+ Project Public Makers

On the 29th of June, as a final event of the Erasmus+ Public Makers project, WIDE had the opportunity to organise the “Open Data for Impact” conference, at the Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg focusing on the use of Open Data as a way to empower youth and for citizens to create societal change.

Public Makers is a project based on Open Data, which aims to empower young people in open data, raise awareness on the latter, and create resources for them to access the opportunities offered by open data policies. Open data includes all data that can be freely used, re-used, and redistributed by anyone. The use of open data is thus unlimited and for any purpose, and the information can be available through a variety of sources

We were very pleased to welcome 20 participants to the conference as well as online and in-person special guest speakers. University students, professionals, and curious, who wished to discover various actors who are actively contributing to the field of Open Data, and understand how they are creating value in Luxembourg were present.

In addition to the presentation of the project results and the demonstration of the e-learning platform of Public Makers by our director and project manager, we were therefore fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from: 

  • Francis Kaell, in charge of the Open Data Division at the Press and Information Office at the Luxembourgish Government
  • Dr. Slim Turki, from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
  • Imeshi Weerasinghe, CEO, and co-founder at WEO
  • Julia Zagrodzka, Project Assistant at the Publications Office of the European Union presenting EU Datathon in a nutshell
  • Rusne Sileryte, CTO and co-founder at GeoFluxus, 1st place winner at the EU datathon
  • Ralph Marschall, Digitisation Project Manager at Bibliotheque Nationale de Luxembourg (BNL)

We are glad to have been able to present the Public Makers’ resources developed in collaboration with our partners, to facilitate Open Data access for youth, with training materials for trainers as well as exercises and courses for young people. Check our “Courses” section of the Public Makers project e-learning platform https://publicmakers.eu/courses/.

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