First Open Economics International Workshop

First Open Economics International Workshop
Open Knowledge Foundation, CIPIL. Supported by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Event Details

  • When: 17-18 December, 2012
  • Where: Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Structure: about 40 participants, invite-only

Purpose and Aims

The aim of the workshop is to build an understanding of the value of open data and open tools for the Economics profession and the obstacles to opening up information, as well as the role of greater openness in broadening understanding of and engagement with Economics among the wider community including policy-makers and society. Topics to be covered would include:

  • The role of open data in enabling and performing research especially in the context of a world seeing a “data explosion”
  • Obstacles for publishing data: for example, commercial restrictions, privacy issues in micro-level data
  • “Citizen economics”: the role of open data and open tools in opening up research and the academy to wider engagement and understanding with the general public, policy-makers and others

Desired outcomes:

  • Gaining an understanding of the potential value of open data in Economics
  • Identifying problems and roadblocks – what are the current obstacles, which prevent open sharing of economic information and data
  • Providing insight into the current status of open data in economics – identifying what progress has been made, illustrate success stories and determine what still needs to be done
  • Engagement with key stakeholders including academics, funding agencies, journals and others
  • Agreed statement on “Open Economics Principles”

Programme

Sunday, December 16

19:30 – 21:30 Informal dinner at the Côte Brasserie

Monday, December 17

8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast and registration of participants
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and introductions
9:45 – 11:15 Setting the Scene – General Perspectives
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation [Slides]
Daniel L. Goroff, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation [Slides]
Tim Hubbard, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute [Slides]
Victoria Stodden, Columbia University / RunMyCode.org [Slides]

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Session: “Open Data in Economics – Reasons, Examples, Potential”
Examples of open data in economics so far and its potential benefits
Session host:
Christian Zimmermann, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Panelists:
Paul David, Stanford University / SIEPR [Slides]
Eustáquio J. Reis, Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea) [Slides]
Johannes Kiess, World Bank [Slides]
Sven Vlaeminck, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics [Slides]

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Discussion Round: Creating a Statement on Open Economics Principles
Session host:
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Session: “Legal, Cultural and other Barriers to Information Sharing in Economics”
Introduction and overview of challenges faced in information sharing in Economics
Session host:
Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge / CIPIL
Panelists:
Mireille van Eechoud, Institute for Information Law [Slides]
David Newbery, University of Cambridge [Slides]
John Rust, Georgetown University

17:00 – 17:30 Lightning talks
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner at Emmanuel College (Gardner room)

Tuesday, December 18

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 Session: “Current Data Deposit and Releases – Mandating Open Data?”
Round table discussion with stakeholders: Representatives of funders, academic publishing and academics.
Session host:
Daniel L. Goroff, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Panelists:
Albert Bravo-Biosca, NESTA
Toby Green, OECD Publishing [Slides]
Nancy Lutz, National Science Foundation

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Session: Trends of Greater Participation and Growing Horizons in Economics
Opening up research and the academy to wider engagement and understanding
with the general public, policy-makers and others
Session host:
Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates
Panelists:
Michael P. McDonald, George Mason University [Slides]
Hans-Peter Brunner, Asian Development Bank [Slides]
Perry Walker, new economics foundation [Slides]
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Session: Open Economics Principles
Creating a statement on Open Data in Economics Session hosts:
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation
Velichka Dimitrova, Open Knowledge Foundation
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00 Where Next
Further steps, work plan and agenda for Second Open Economics Workshop in 2013

Venue

All sessions will take place in the Upper Hall of Emmanuel College.


Interested in participating or contributing? Please contact us at economics [at] okfn.org