HOMER - Harmonising Open Data in the Mediterranean through better access and reuse of public sector information,is a strategic MED project that focuses on the theme of Open Data, a world-wide policy aiming at making available and exploitable Public Sector Information (PSI).
Governments are increasingly recognising the benefits of making their data open and reusable. The first is transparency: simply opening PSI, citizens can be better informed and participate in the decision making process. The second is linked to the economic value of PSI, whose wider re-use is considered a primary content resource for the development of digital markets.
The overall goal of HOMERis to contribute to unlock the full potential of the Public Sector Information in the Mediterranean space, by contributing to make the all area a competitive territory, able to match global competition and to ensure a sustainable growth and employment for the next generations.
In line with the EU Digital Agenda, HOMERwill facilitate the wider deployment of PSIin Spain, Italy, France, Malta, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus and Montenegro, enabling their public governments to better address the legal, cultural and technological challenges linked to PSIpolicy.
During its first phase, HOMERwill be able to open hundreds of public datasets, enhancing digital heritage transparency across the Mediterranean.
·        To aggregate all the relevant stakeholders involved in national or regional Open data initiatives
·        To identify the main obstacles and barriers of a wider re-use of PSI at MED level
·        To set up an effective strategy in order to be able to harmonise Open data policy and portals across the area
·        To ensure that theOpen Data strategy is transferable and re-usable by a large number of public administrations in the MED area, addressing 5 key sectors characterising the political agenda of the entire MED economy (tourism, culture, agriculture, energy, environment) and by stimulating transferable solutions and applications
·        To set up the basis for atransnational digital market in the Mediterranean area
·        To raise awareness and test the economic, social and political benefits of making public data open and reusable
·        To ensure that all the governments in the Mediterranean space are aware about the results achieved by the project
·        To ensure the achievement of the necessary legal, technological and political standards for the next programming period 2014-2020, enabling the MED area to fully exploit the benefits of the Single Digital Market, by promoting a correct revision of the PSI Directive
Project Duration: 01/04/2012 – 31/03/2015