SOI-139 Open knowledge and Public Administration

Instructor Flavia Marzano
Modality In presence
Period First semester

Course objectives

The course aims to explain the role of Open Knowledge within the innovation process in Public
Administration, developing the concepts of open data, open source, open innovation, and open
government. In this context the role of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be
analyzed evaluating ways to encourage participation and collaboration among different
stakeholders, while ensuring transparency and accountability and encouraging social
responsibility and ethics.
The course targets students from all disciplines and consists of six hours. At the end of the
course students will have a basic understanding of how to act as citizens, administrators, and
stakeholders to ensure an efficient, innovative, and inclusive Public Administration.

Content summary

The course will include the following topics:
1. Course introduction
2. Introduction to innovation in Public Administration
◦ analysis of different types of innovation (technological, organizational, process)
◦ benefits of innovation for citizens, businesses, and public employees
◦ evolution of innovation in PA
◦ case studies of successful innovation
◦ change management and resistance to innovation
3. Open knowledge
◦ open data
◦ open source
◦ open innovation
◦ open government
4. The role of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the context of innovation in
Public Administration
◦ encouraging participation and collaboration among diverse entities and stakeholders
within Public Administration to foster innovation
◦ ensuring transparency and accountability
◦ encouraging social responsibility and ethics with a focus on the adoption of Artificial
Intelligence platforms
5. Key challenges and obstacles to implementing innovation in Public Administration and
how to overcome them
6. National and international best practices:
◦ successful cases in Italy and abroad
◦ lessons learned from innovative projects

Teaching methods

The course will be highly interactive, featuring descriptive parts on the topics covered and
interactive sessions between students and the teacher to delve deeper into the subjects and to
capture the different experiences of students related to the themes discussed.
Groups might be set up for the analysis of specific problems and the development of solution
proposals. For some topics covered, a SWOT analysis will be proposed, including concrete
All information will be available on the website of the course.


1. “Open Knowledge. Access and Re-Use of Research Data in the European Union Open Data
Directive and the Implementation in Italy” (Marta Arisi) –

2. Open Knowledge

3. Open Data handbook

4. Open Data value stories

5. EU Artificial Intelligence ACT

6. State of the Digital Decade 2024 report

7. European Data Act explained