Always at the forefront of new technological initiatives, Invoke is proud to chair the Open Data Commission of the National Association of Software Developers (AFDEL).
In December 2011, French Prime Minister, François Fillon, launched a state-backed Open-Data portal (data.gouv.fr), offering free access to approximately 350,000 datasets that emanate from the different branches of the French administration.
A large portion of the data that is now available through the new platform was not easily accessible before, and includes information about the budgets and expenditures of local governments, geo-coded information, road safety statistics, as well as environmental, epidemiological and similar location-focused data. The ETALAB team behind the project hopes that by making this information freely available, the transparency of local and national government will improve, and that developers, journalists and academics will analyze the data and create new services on top of it.
The AFDEL Open-Data Commission, chaired by Invoke CEO Rémi Lacour, regularly hosts round-table discussions and other events (the most recent being held on April 19th, 2012), that bring together professionals and stakeholders from different horizons.
Further information on the Open Data Commission.