Introduction

If open data is the new gold, why even those who release fail to reuse it? We created an open collaboration of data curators and open-source developers to dig into novel open data sources or increase the usability of existing ones. We turn reproducible research software into research- as-service.

Reprex, a Dutch start-up enterprise formed to utilize open source software and open data, is looking for partners in an agile, open collaboration to win at least one of the three EU Datathon Prizes. We are looking for policy partners, academic partners and a consultancy partner. Our project is based on agile, open collaboration with three types of contributors.

  • To take part, you should propose the development of an application that links and uses open datasets. - we are curating new, exciting data sources, that are legally open but usually have never seen the sunlight.

  • Your application … is also expected to find suitable new approaches and solutions to help Europe achieve important goals set by the European Commission through the use of open data.” - we have a prototype of this application

  • Your application should showcase opportunities for concrete business models or social enterprises. - our service development team is working to make this happen!

We believe in open collaboration that involves scientific, business, public and NGO policy partnerships.

1. Whats’s Wrong With Open Data?

Open data is like gold in the mud below the chilly waves of mountain rivers. Panning it out requires a lot of patience, or a good machine. I think we will come to as surprising and strong findings as Bellingcat, but we are not focusing on individual events and stories, but on social and environmental processes and changes.

In 1 Open Data we investigate why not even those organizations, like the European Commission, use open data in their own data dissemination practices, who make them at least legally available.

2. Our Technological Solution

We use open source software and open data. The applications are hosted on the cloud resources of Reprex, an early-stage technology startup currently building a viable, open-source, open-data business model to create reproducible research products.

Our development team works on an open collaboration basis. Our indicator R packages, and our services are developed together with rOpenGov.

See 2. Application: Automated Data Observatories for further details.

3. Our Business Solution

We decided to take a new, modern approach to the ‘data observatory’ concept, and modernize it with the application of 21st century data and metadata standards, the new results of reproducible research and data science. Various UN and OECD bodies, and particularly the European Union support or maintain more than 60 data observatories, or permanent data collection and dissemination points, but even these do not use these organizations and their members open data.

We are building open-source data observatories, which run open-source statistical software that automatically processes and documents reusable public sector data (from public transport, meteorology, tax offices, taxpayer funded satellite systems, etc.) and reusable scientific data (from EU taxpayer funded research) into new, high quality statistical indicators.

Our Product/Market Fit was validated in the world’s 2nd ranked university-backed incubator program, the Yes!Delft AI Validation Lab. We are currently developing this project with the help of the JUMP European Music Market Accelerator program.

See 3. Service Design and Business Case Development

4. Open Collaboration: Partners and Partnership

We are looking for partners to develop our technological solution in financially sustainable way with bringing more and more relevant, curated open data to light.

Academic partners

We are looking for academic partners who want to use open data from various governmental (including publicly funded surveys), scientific, and big data sources, processed and validated to meet scientific standards. We provide peer-reviewed statistical software solutions, daily data harvesting, and re-processing to meet our partners research agenda. See more in 9.2 Academic partners

Policy partners

We are looking for policy partners who want to use open data from various governmental (including publicly funded surveys), scientific, and big data sources, processed and validated to meet scientific standards; or who want to build use cases for trustworthy AI and data governance policy papers. We provide peer-reviewed statistical software solutions, daily data harvesting, and re-processing to meet our partners’ research agenda. See more in 9.1 Policy partners

Business partner(s) in Consulting

We are looking for a consulting partner to form a joint project with our open collaboration team of data scientists and submit proposals to at least 2 of the 3 challenges of the EU Datathlon with the objective of winning the first prize. We are particularly looking for a first class consultancy to help build a “showcase … for concrete business models [… and] find suitable new approaches and solutions to help Europe achieve important goals set by the European Commission through the use of [our observatories’] open data.” See more in 9.3 Business partners

5. Data Domains

  • We are working together with experts in the domain as curators (check out our guidelines if you want to join: Data Curators: Get Inspired!).

Green Deal Data Observaotry

The Challenge A European Green Deal, with a particular focus on the The European Climate Pact, the Organic Action Plan, and the New European Bauhaus, i.e., mitigation strategies. Our Green Deal Data Observatory is a modern reimagination of existing ‘data observatories’; currently, there are over 70 permanent international data collection and dissemination points. One of our objectives is to understand why the dozens of the EU’s observatories do not use open data and reproducible research. We want to show that open governmental data, open science, and reproducible research can lead to a higher quality and faster data ecosystem that fosters growth for policy, business, and academic data users.

Please, follow us on social media, it really helps us finding new users and showing that we are able to grow our ecosystem: the Green Deal Data Observatory on Linkedin and the Green Deal Data Observatory on Twitter, and join our contributor team.

Digital Music Observatory

The Digital Music Observatory is a fully automated, open source, open data observatory that creates public datasets to provide a comprehensive view of the European music industry. It provides high-quality and timely indicators in all four pillars of the planned official European Music Observatory as a modern, open source and largely open data-based, automated, API-supported alternative solution for this planned observatory. The insight and methodologies we are refining in the DMO are applicable and transferable to about 60 other data observatories funded by the EU which do not currently employ governmental or scientific open data.

See further details in 6 Digital Music Observatory Chapter.

Please, follow us on social media, it really helps us finding new users and showing that we are able to grow our ecosystem: the Digital Music Data Observatory on Linkedin and the Digital Music Data Observatory on Twitter and join our contributor team.

Economy Data Observatory

Our Economy Data Observatory was created as a prototype for the EU Datathon Challenge 2: An economy that works for people, with a particular focus on the Single market strategy, and particular attention to the strategy’s goals of 1. Modernising our standards system, 2. Consolidating Europe’s intellectual property framework, and 3. Enabling the balanced development of the collaborative economy strategic goals.

Big data and automation create new inequalities and injustices and have the potential to create a jobless growth economy. Our is a fully automated, open source, open data observatory that produces new indicators from open data sources and experimental big data sources, with authoritative copies and a modern API.

The Economy Data Observatory works now as an incubator for economy-focused data observatories. See further details in 7 Economy Data Observatory Chapter.

Please, follow us on social media, it really helps us finding new users and showing that we are able to grow our ecosystem: the Economy Data Observatory on Linkedin and the Economy Data Observatory on Twitter and join our contributor team.

Competition Data Observatory

The Competition Data Observatory is the first offspring of the Economy Data Observatory incubator. See further details in 8 Competition Data Observatory Chapter.

We would like to create early-warning, risk, economic effect, and impact indicators that can be used in scientific, business and policy contexts for professionals who are working on re-setting the European economy after a devastating pandemic and in the age of AI. We would like to map data between economic activities (NACE), antitrust markets, and sub-national, regional, metropolitian area data.