Defining the Future of Decision and
Policy Making through Big Data

Workshop 3.3

Wednesday 14th / 15:30h - 17:30h
Siemens Conference Center Vienna
Meeting Room to be confirmed

Session Description & Objectives

It can be taken for granted that technological advancements, especially in the last decade, have revolutionized the way that both every day and complex activities are conducted. It is indicative that practically all expectations regarding innovation, regardless of the domain of application, are most of the time directly linked with the exploitation of emerging technologies, as well as with the constantly increasing volume of available data.

It is, thus, expected that a particularly important actor, such as the public sector, should constitute a successful disruption paradigm through the adoption of novel approaches and state-of-the-art ICTs. New concepts, especially those that consider the available data as a way of ensuring accurate and meaningful input to public sector organisations that can help establish new types of evidence-informed policies, are of the utmost importance. However, despite the investments continuously performed and initiatives implemented during the last years in the field of public sector modernisation, it is really hard to allege that “we are already there” when it comes to full exploitation of ICT innovations and data towards aiding the public sector to meet the societal and financial challenges that are emerging.
In this context, Big Policy Canvas (BPC) EU funded project would like to offer its perspective on how barriers that impede big data driven modernisation in policymaking can be overcome. BPC aims at renovating the public sector on a cross-border level by mapping the needs of public administrations with methods, technologies, tools and applications from both the public & the private sector, stepping upon the power of open innovation and the rich opportunities for analysis and informed policy making generated by big data. As a result, the project will deliver a live roadmap that will propose short and midterm milestones and relevant actions needed towards achieving the expected impacts for the public sector and the society at large. In this workshop, BPC would like to present to the audience the results produced so far and engage the participants in the co-design of the live roadmap.

In the first part of the workshop (15'), Nuria Rodríguez will present a series of results released by the Big Policy Canvas project, and she will explain how they can be mapped into some priorities already highlighted in previous BDVA sessions linked to Big Data for Public administrations (under TF7-Smart Cities Subgroup). In particular she will present the following project outcomes: Knowledge Base with needs, trends and assets, Assessment Framework, Roadmap. The objective of this slot is to receive feedback from BDVA members and other relevant stakeholders active in this domain.

In the second part (the interactive session 1h10’), Francesco Mureddu will present future research challenges and application scenarios related to the use of big data in policy making. These challenges and scenarios have been proposed by Big Policy Canvas Experts Committee and the objective is that the participants discuss about them in a collaborative manner (using game-storming techniques) in order to give valuable insights for the production of the Roadmap. A representative of Tartu University (Estonia) will give a short talk after the presentation of the challenges to ignite the discussion.

More specifically, Francesco Mureddu will cluster the research challenges according to the topic also considering the trends and needs analysis carried out in the project, and will divide the audience in groups according to each cluster. Each group will be facilitated by one of the consortium members, and will be given a sheet of paper. The facilitator of each group will present the challenges related to each cluster and the attendants will answer a set of questions on each challenge:

  • Do you agree with this challenge? Can you elaborate?
  • Why is this challenge important? Which need of the policy maker does it address? How the research stemming from each challenge will be used?
  • After all the challenges are discussed the attendants will answer the final question:
    Do you want to add any other challenge?


  • Welcome and introduction – Nuria Rodríguez
  • Keynote – Raffaele Lillo (The Digital Transformation Team).
    (To be confirmed by the 26th of October)
  • Roadmap with innovative implementation directions for
    (big) data-driven policy-making – Francesco Mureddu (Interactive session)
  • Challenges of the use of Big Data in Digital Government
    Mihkel Solvak, Internal Research Cooperation, University of Tartu
  • Wrap up and further steps – Esther Garrido


Esther Garrido
Business Consultant at Atos Research and Innovation (ARI) – Innovation Hub

Esther Garrido received her Diploma of Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Valladolid in 1997 after presenting her Final Year Project in the Fachhochschule Mannheim (Germany), where she started her professional activity as a software developer. Her area of expertise is Public Sector and ICT related projects, where she has been working for more than 15 years, assuming different roles and responsibilities. Since 2015 she is working at Atos Research & Innovation focused on business development towards the company and exploitation/sustainability activities within European research projects, mainly in the area of e-Government and Smart Cities.


Raffaele Lillo
Chief Data Officer at The Digital Transformation Team

He is a “Business Scientist”, with expertise in machine learning and predictive analytics, and interested in their applications in the context of business and management.

He has always been passionate about coding and problem solving, he studied between Rome, London, Milan, and Chicago: BA and MSc in Economics and Finance at Luiss Guido Carli University, then a MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at London School of Economics, finally an MBA at SDA Bocconi with a semester at Northwestern University.

He is currently working in Rome, working as Chief Data Officer for the Italian Digital Transformation Team with the idea of building an innovative and agile start-up within the complex machine of Italian public administration. Before joining the Italian Digital Transformation Team, he was Director of Advanced Analytics for the Interactive division of IGT (parent company of Lottomatica), where he worked since 2007. In IGT he started up and led the data scientist team (Interactive Division) and the quants team (Sports betting division). In short, he has been focused on utilizing data mining and machine learning techniques to build “intelligent” applications.

Nuria Rodríguez
Head of Atos Research and Innovation (ARI)
Dissemination & Communication

Nuria Rodríguez earned a Degree in English Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1997. In 1998 she joined Sema Group Spain (nowadays, Atos Spain). She participated in training and documentation tasks in the telecom market and later on, she moved to the Public Administration department where she gained wide experience as a project manager in public sector projects, especially in the educational context for the Regional Government of Madrid. She has also worked as a project manager at Public sector in ARI, Research and Innovation in Atos group, where, over the past years, she has coordinated and participated in a number of European and national projects including ImmigrationPolicy2.0, ePractice2, STRATEGIC, Co-Cities, MaTHiSiS Ciudad2020, SONNETS and Big Policy Canvas. Currently she leads the Dissemination and Communication Department in ARI.

Francesco Mureddu
Associate Director at the Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal

Francesco Mureddu is an advisor in innovation and technology policies. During his career, Francesco has been primarily involved in designing and delivering consultancy and research projects for the European Institutions in a wide variety of topics including Information Society and ICT, e-government, Smart Cities, ICT-enabled social innovation, future science, research and innovation policies. His specific fields of expertise include evaluation of policy initiatives and programmes, impact assessments, policy monitoring and benchmarking, policy development, counterfactual impact evaluation, technology road mapping and scenario development, economic and econometric modelling, cost/benefit and sensitivity analysis, stakeholders’ consultation and engagement. Francesco is currently Associate Director at the Belgian Think Tank The Lisbon Council, Associated Researcher at the Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENoS) of the University of Cagliari, as well as co-founder of the cybersecurity startup Intelligence Framework Inc. He has also professional experience in international institutions such as the European Commission and the European Central Bank. Francesco holds an MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cagliari and is able to work and interact in English and Spanish.