Exploiting Open Data

11 Oct, 2016 to 13 Oct, 2016

Following three years of research and innovation, the MELODIES project will be holding a three-day conference, sharing some of the challenges of using Open Data in Europe - as well as the techniques that the consortium of 16 academic and industral partners have developed to combat them.

Colocated event: The Exploiting Open Data conference immediately follows the  2nd Workshop on Big Data for Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, which is at the same venue.

Download full agenda with speaker descriptions here

Download Day 3 technical workshop setup instructions here


Bedford Hotel and Congress Centre

135 – 137 Rue du Midi B-1000,

+32 2 507 00 00


Conference Summary

Day 1
Liberating Open Data

Keynote speeches from industry experts which will address topics such as:
  1. What are the benefits of opening up data?
  2. What challenges are there to overcome?
  3. What are the lessons learnt from the MELODIES project?
  4. What’s in the future for Open Data?

This is followed by a panel discussion and networking reception

Day 2
Open Data Services

Examples of using European Open Data to generate services in both the commercial and academic world. The day will consist of presentations and demonstrations of applications, servicestools and platform developed in the MELODIES project which use open data in order to tackle environmental problems and drive business. The presentations will focus on the broader experiences of using open data to create services and there will also be lots of time for 1-on-1 discussions with the individual service creators.

Day 3
Open Data Tools

An in-depth look at the cloud platform and some of the open-source tools developed in the MELODIES project for working with open and linked data, including talks and hands-on tutorials. These tools include software for converting geospatial data to Linked Open Data, serving data via standard web protocols (e.g. SPARQL), visualizing data and building interactive data-driven web sites.


Keynote Speakers

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Barbara Ryan

Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

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Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist of Google, co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group

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Emma Truswell

Deputy Head of Advisory, Open Data Institute (ODI)

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Luis-Daniel Ibáñez

Open Call Manager, Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE)