Wendy Carrara is a Principal Consultant and an EU policy advisor within Capgemini Consulting. She works in the Digital Transformation & Innovation practice of Capgemini Consulting where she is a core member of Capgemini’s global EU account. Wendy is managing the development of the European Data Portal and associated services, on behalf of the European Commission – DG CONNECT. Beyond being just a Portal, the project offers support services to countries as they mature on their open data journey. In addition, there is a strong focus on driving a user community and understanding the benefits of open data. Moreover, Wendy has been leading the research work on calculating the economic benefits of open data measuring: market size, jobs created, cost savings for public administrations and efficiency gains. Wendy has equally been supporting DG CONNECT’s reflections on 21st Century Rulemaking in the Digital Age, as well as Open Innovation through workshops and ad hoc working groups within DG CONNECT and the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group. In addition to her consulting experience, she has worked in the international arena as representative of a national government in defining eGovernment and High Impact Services with the EC, Council and OECD.
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Open data – that is, publically available data that is free for all to use – is set to have a monumental impact on societies in the next five years. Whether it’s information regarding public transport, city policy or city infrastructures, open data enables public sector bodies, businesses and citizens to make more informed decisions about the things that really matter in their society. In fact, an increasing number of European governments are beginning to publish data...