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The Basque Government will present its candidacy to Google to become the first administration, after the Obama administration, to employ its new application for the reuse of public data

2010 July 28

The Lehendakari has held meetings with representatives of Google and Twitter during his visit to San Francisco.

The Basque Government will present its candidacy to Google to become the first administration, after the Obama administration, to employ its new application, designed by the North American company to enable public administrations to reuse public data. The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has held talks with members of Google's Board of Directors in order to analyze other areas for collaboration between Google and the Basque Executive. The world's most used search engine has called on the Lehendakari to provide collaboration in order to improve its Basque translator. The Executive will provide Google with indexed texts in Spanish and Basque that will enable improvements in translations. In the very near future, Google will activate Basque as an official language amongst its list of languages.

The Basque Government is willing to introduce the new application designed by Google to enable public administrations to reuse public data as soon as the application is ready: beta testing of the tool concluded this week. Thus, at global level, the Basque Government will become the first public administration, after the Obama administration, to put this tool to use. The new application is designed to allow public administrations to reuse and order their public data. Patxi López's Executive is firmly committed to Open Government and the openness of public data, as evident in the implementation of Irekia and Open Data.

The fourth day of the official visit of the Lehendakari, Patxi López, to the U.S.A. has transpired in the outskirts of San Francisco, the area where the University of Stanford, the SLAC Laboratory and the company Google are located. Yesterday, López also visited the installations of the social networking service Twitter.

The meeting with the heads of Google has also served to confirm the interest of both parties in collaborating to improve the Basque translator of the Internet's most used search engine. Google has asked the Executive to collaborate via the provision of indexed texts in Spanish and Basque, thereby enabling them to improve and develop their translator, which is currently in the beta stage. For his part, the Lehendakari called on the company to include Basque amongst its list of official languages in the near future.

The task of providing texts in Basque also extends to the general public, as any individual may provide documentation and correct erroneous translations to improve this tool.

Google is also finalizing its digital library, which will enable storage of and access to digital books from any device, an undertaking wherein the company has also requested the collaboration of the Basque Government.

 

4 comments
  • Nagore de los Ríos. Directora de Gobierno Abierto y Comunicación en Internet. Secretaría de Comunicación. Lehendakaritza. Gobierno Vasco
    2010 August 10

    No olvidamos el compromiso, apostamos por el s.libre, sin embargo exploramos y estudiamos todas las vías que sean gratuítas para los ciudadanos y ciudadanas y para la Administración Vasca. Veremos si Google ha creado una herramienta que realmente nos pueda servir para ahorrarnos miles de euros y que pueda ser utilizado por todos. El objetivo es no reinventar la rueda, sino reutilizar y utilizar herramientas que estén en el mercado si se cumplen todas las garantías. Pero tenemos total disposición, que es lo que se ha transmitido a Google y a todos aquellos creadores que innoven.
    Os mantendremos informados de las conversaciones y antes de dar ningún paso os preguntaremos vuestra opinión. De momento lo que tenemos es disposición a probar, experimentar e investigar si nos es de utilidad y si compensa. Ante esto os agradecemos vuestras pistas, y aportaciones y os seguimos solicitando toda la ayuda posible para seguir avanzando en el fin del Open Government. Por supuesto todas las alternativas serán estudiadas y aquí el S. Libre tiene total preferencia. Si conocéis herramientas que nos sean útiles por favor, comunicarnoslo.
    Un saludo

  • 2010 August 1

    kNo, qué planteas como alternativa a Google o Twitter? Qué sentido tiene apostar por uno de los millones de clones de Twitter, de código abierto? Por no hablar de Openoffice en comparación con el Cloud Computing de Google...

  • @asesoresbas
    2010 July 29

    Comentario de Twitter:
    Colaboración entre Google y el Ejecutivo vasco: http://ow.ly/2ic2i

  • kNo
    2010 July 29

    Le pediría al ejecutivo que no olvide el compromiso que está adquiriendo con el software libre y que lo tenga en cuenta antes de comprometerse con plataformas cerradas como lo son twitter y muchos productos de google.

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