The digital information produced and maintained by the City of Bologna must be a common good: on the basis of this principle, as a first step in the direction of OpenData (one of the points of the Digital Agenda of the City Bologna), ​​an assessment of the application portfolio of the Administration.

The project involves all the departments of the Administration. It is the first time that the City of Bologna conducts a systematic investigation of this kind about applications managed by the ICT Department.

The results of the survey has not only a technological relevance but represents a useful contribution to knowledge in defining a longer-term strategy for OpenData. During the survey was gathered information such as the presence of data already published on the internet, the formats used for publishing and the usefulness of the data to different purposes, soliciting the views of the owner of the datasets, in order to create an "Index of Open Data". This is a measure of the "vocation"  to OpenData for each of the Department under investigation.

The assessment of the information system has investigated the"applications" used within each sector / area of the City Administration.

The investigation began in May 2011 and ended in September 2011: IT applications surveyed in the inventory of the City of Bologna were a total of 135. This OpenData portal already publishes the first part of the identified dataset and will gradually release the rest.