At the end of January two workshops were organised in Latvia – on 26th at Jēkabpils and on 27th at Jelgava. Aim of these workshops was to discuss possibilities to open data created by municipalities and to introduce results of SDI4Apps Pilot activities. Altogether roughly 50 representatives of different municipalities from Zemgale Planning Region, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and NGO participated in the workshops. Audience had the opportunity to hear story about open data from tree different point of views.
Toms Ceļmillers, who is senior consultant at Digital Administration Department of Information Society policy at Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development informed audience about political stance, legislation and planned future actions regarding Open Data in National level.
Deputy of Riga City Council Agris Ameriks shared Riga municipality’s experience with opening data. A.Ameriks described that in Riga case the most difficult aspect was to find data sets that have no restrictions regarding publishing. He also shared some examples of how published data has been already used.
Karel Charvat and Raitis Bērziņš presented SDI4Apps project aim and already achieved results. SPOI that consists of 24 million points of interest was demonstrated. Presenters introduced Open Land Use Map, described how it is created and compared available data in Czech Republic and Latvia.