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CTG Welcomes Research Exchange with Italian Open Government Leaders
September 23, 2014
CTG recently welcomed a delegation from the Italian Government for a research exchange visit. The exchange was initiated by Luigi Reggi, a new Rockefeller College PhD student who comes to UAlbany with deep experience and connections to the open government landscape in Italy and Europe. One of the goals of his studies here is to build a collaborative relationship between CTG and the Department for Cohesion and Economic Development (DPS) and the Ministry of the Economy in the Italian national government.

Reaching out to CTG, Luigi worked with Sharon Dawes and Ramon Gil-Garcia to plan a day long program which included the participation of Carlo Amati (OpenCoesione DPS team coordination and technical scientific advisory committee, Department for Development and Economic Cohesion (DPS), Technical Unit for evaluation and verification of public investments); Simona De Luca (OpenCoesione DPS team coordination and technical scientific advisory committee, Department for Development and Economic Cohesion (DPS), Technical Unit for evaluation and verification of public investments); and Aline Pennisi (OpenCoesione technical scientific advisory committee, Ministry of Economy and Finance, State general accounting department, State Budget directorate).

Throughout the day CTG shared their research on open government, open data and information sharing, and the Italian delegation gave a presentation on OpenCoesione-Monithon, a partnership between OpenCoesione (government initiative) and Monithon (civil society) that allows citizens to track public spending and monitor its impact on the community. OpenCoesione-Monithon was recently awarded an Open Government Partnership Award for Citizen Engagement.