20141006 - LOLA Conference - Local authorities focus on open standards and open data

The Conference has been postponed till 6 October 2014 - the final programme will be available within short.

The Linked Organization of Local Authority for ICT Societies - LOLA, is proud to invite you to its first international Conference, which is organized in joint cooperation with the Citadel project leaders (Citadel statement). LOLA is a young international non-profit organization of ICT professional organizations. These associations comprise professionals who work in local authority and other local public service delivery organizations, and their suppliers, in different countries worldwide. LOLA will work collectively and collaboratively to achieve benefits to these organizations, their members and the citizens they serve.

What to expect?
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The first LOLA conference offers a unique opportunity to explore how Local Administrations use open standards to make information exchange efficient and effective, allowing them to operate at lower costs and provide better services. This conference will enhance exchange of knowledge and experience on a European level, enabling us to contribute together significantly to the development of European and international standards.


Preliminary Programme

The morning sessions of the conference will concentrate on interoperability in practice. We welcome speakers from the European Commission and from each LOLA member country. In the afternoon eloquent speakers will focus on Open Data, practical achievements and challenges.

09:00-10:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

Welcome to LOLA 2013 
Speaker: Eddy Van der Stock, President of LOLA


Keynote: Open Government at a Glance
Speaker: Andrea Halmos - Policy Officer, European Commission, DG CONNECT

The availability of innovative technologies such as social networks has increased the expectations of citizens in terms of responsiveness when accessing all kinds of services on line. In addition, opening up public sector information and data enhances openness and transparency. At the same time, governments need to provide better public services with fewer resources. An innovative and modern public administration, benefitting from the possibilities that ICTs offer, can effectively address these challenges. ICT-enabled public sector innovation can improve the processes, products, services and methods of delivery in the public sector. The open government approach can facilitate this transformation. It is driven by opening up data and services and facilitating collaboration for the design, production and delivery of public service as well as making processes and decisions open to foster citizen participation and engagement. This will make services more user-friendly and effective, improve the quality of decision-making and promote greater trust in public institutions. The European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 helps to make European public administrations open, flexible and collaborative, through a number of concrete actions.

 Interoperability in practice

ISA fostering semantic interoperability
Speaker: Vassilios Peristeras - Programme Manager - EU commission


Extending the EU ISA Core Vocabularies to a local level by the OSLO Project
(Open Standards for Local Administrations – Belgium) 
Speaker: Raf Buyle - V-ICT-OR

11:40-12:00 Perspective of local governments in Sweden 
Speaker: Jörgen Sandström - SALAR (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions) - KommITs 
12:00-12:20 Perspective of local governments in The United Kingdom
Speaker: Dr. Gesche Schmid - Local Government Association U.K. 

“When Big meets Open”
Speaker: Eric de Kruik, Kwaliteits Instituut Nederlandse Gemeenten (Institute for quality)

12:40-13:40 Networking Lunch
Open Data - Practical achievements and challenges

Open standards for open government
Speaker: Phil Archer - W3C 


Towards Semantic Standards  
Speaker: Paul Hermans - ProXML – Industry          


Reuse through Semantic Interoperability: Citadel on the Move project
Speaker: Geert Mareels – Citadel on the Move - Europe


Open data in a GIS-perspective
Speaker: Dr. Joep Crompvoets - University of Louvain

15:40-16:00 Coffee break

Debate - What does it really take to adopt Open Data?


Conference wrap-up
Speaker: Eddy Van der Stock – President of LOLA and Arend Van Beeck - Vice President LOLA

17:00-18:00 Closing drink


The presentations will be given in English.

Target Audience

Ministries of European countries,  members of the European Parliament and – commission, representatives and politicians of local and central authorities in Europe, members of the LOLA (Europe) organisations, board members of organizations and companies focussing on local authorities in Europe, ICT managers of companies focusing on public sector in European countries, managers of ICT companies in Europe, all other parties interested in Open Standards and Open Data. 


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Hertogstraat 6 (corner Hertogstraat/Drukpersstraat)
1000 Brussels
how to reach the Flemish Parliament (Dutch) (Entrance Hertogstraat 6)

How to reach the Flemish Parliament

Public Transport:
- Subway: The Flemish Parliament is located 200m from the subway station Madou, and 400m from the subway station Kunst-Wet.
- Bus: busses 29, 63, 65, 66 have a stop at Drukpers, which is close to the Parliament.
- Train: 15 minutes’ walk from the Central Station. Timetable: www.delijn.be and www.nmbs.be
- By car: you can park your car on the outskirts of Brussels and then connect by bus, tram or metro to the Flemish Parliament. More info on parking in the Brussels region can be found at Mobiel Brussel
  The nearest car parks are:
- Parking Scailquin, Scailquinstraat 61, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node (400 m walk from the Flemish Parliament).
- Parking Wetstraat, Wetstraat 19, 1040 Brussels (500 m walk from the Flemish Parliament).

How to reach the Flemish Parliament (Dutch) (Entrance: Hertogstraat 6)

Meet the LOLA partners

Our international industrial LOLA partners will be present during the conference! Breaks and networking moments will provide you ample opportunity to connect with them.

Conference Fee

Standard price: € 280.00 (excl. VAT)
20% Reduction for Members of ALGIM, GMIS, KommITs, MISA, SocITm, VIAG, V-ICT-OR:€ 224.00 (excl. VAT)



Please make sure to log in (via www.v-ict-or.be or www.lola-ict.org) before registering (registration key at the bottom of this page).

We are looking forward to experience this unique event with you!


Eddy Van der Stock

President of LOLA


More information on LOLA: www.lola-ict.org

A short introduction to the LOLA member countries


Event Organisation

LOLA has commissioned Eventhouse from the Netherlands to organize this symposium. You can reach Eventhouse as following: www.event-house.nl info@event-house.nl

Monique van Melle +31 (0)6 15 944 013 monique@event-house.nl - Renk Ruijter + 31 (0)6 15 944 014 renk@event-house.nl


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Flemish Parliament
Hertogstraat (Corner Hertogstraat/Drukpersstraat)
1000 Brussels


  • October 06, 2014 09:30 — October 06, 2014 17:00

    LOLA Conference


€ 280

All prices exclude VAT.


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