During the week of July 4-8, 2022, UNIZG staff and ESRs from the Faculty of Geodesy and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing visited the beautiful island of Samos to participate in the 9th International Summer School on Open and Collaborative Government. The Summer School on Government was organised by the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean.

In parallel with the opengov2022 Summer School, the 12th Samos Summit on ICT-enabled Governance was held. Summer School participants had full access to the program of the Samos 2022 Summit on ICT-enabled Governance, which was synchronized with the Summer School program for the first three days to provide a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with business and scientific leaders in e-government.

The five-day summer school and summit focused on the following areas of ICT-enabled governance: citizen science and collaborative governance, Big, Open and Linked Data in governance, legal informatics and disruptive technologies for administrations and cities. The participants in this year’s Summer School were students from master’s and Ph.D. programs from various European Universities. During Summer School, students worked together to develop new research ideas.

Ana Kuveždić Divjak, assistant professor at the Faculty of Geodesy, was one of the invited speakers at the Summer School, where she gave a presentation on how to visualise the open data in an effective and engaging way.

Also, this Summer School was a great opportunity for ESRs to present their current research in open data. Emanuel Guberović, from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and Karlo Kević and Andrea Miletić from the Faculty of Geodesy, all presented their research and received feedback from experts.

Participation in the Summer School at the University of the Aegean was beneficial for all TODO participants, especially because new research directions and possible future projects were discussed.