Alberto Abella is a Telecommunication engineer and MBA, and phD on Economics. His main interests are the economic impact of open data and open government, with special focus on the Smart cities. His last point of interest includes the open innovation based on data services. Alberto has more than 20 years of professional experience in the IT sector. His works include the design the open data strategic plan for the Smart City of Santander.
Currently he has been appointed by AMETIC (Spanish IT business association) as representative for the public-private forum for information reuse with the ministry of Industry of Spain. He is also president of the Spanish chapter of the Open knowledge Foundation. He is a regular speaker at Universities and other events on open data and open technologies. His publications includes the 3 white papers on Open source in Spain in the past decade and the report on the reuse of private and public information in Spain 2011. He has developed a metric to assess reusability of open data, MELODA, which is freely available at http://meloda.org.
Open Government is very likely to be democracy’s next milestone. Should you care about open government? Possibly, because it guarantees transparency and accountability. But not in my opinion. In 2014 this passive role for the citizens is not enough. The most…