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IDT helps Italy’s towns goes digital

Matteo Natalucci Published 01 August 2017

Newly formed Italian Digital Team to help build ANPR database designed to combine all the demographic data of all Italian residents

 

The Italian Digital Team has formally assumed the role of technical coordinator for the country’s ambitious ANPR project.

ANPR is a single national database designed to combine all the demographic data of all Italian residents, including those living abroad (registered at the Italian Register of Foreign Residents).

The project is also sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior, Italian digital agency AgID, statistics office Istat, national association of towns group Anci, regional forum Cisis, and technical sponsor Sogei.

To date, demographic data are spread across 8,000 different registries across the country. Each town manages its own registry, using software with limited sharing capabilities, which don't allow the distribution of information between boroughs. This means any change or transfer of information is done manually by local civil servants for an overall cost of €14m per year. The manual handling and fragmentation of information also create problems related to data quality and accuracy. According to analyses by AgID and Sogei, the municipal demographic records of about 1% of the population are inconsistent with the national databases.

The Italian Digital Team (IDT) said, "ANPR is an enabling platform built to simplify processes. Administrations will only see the benefits if they change their old processes too."

IDT has already supported ten towns to migrate to ANPR and is now planning the transition to the new national database for some major cities like Florence, Naples and Turin. Smaller towns will not be directly managed by IDT, but by mentor cities that will assist and support their neighboring boroughs.

"The goal is to create a snowball effect: we want to go from the few towns that are currently moving to ANPR every month, to an industrial process that allows us to migrate dozens of towns per day. To be successful, we are going to need the help of all the software houses and towns as well as the support of institutions.", IDT said.

Currently, 720 towns are in the pre-migration stage and another 2,000 have started to carry out data transfer accuracy tests.

IDT said, "A project at this level of complexity – involving 8,000 towns, numerous central entities, over forty technology service providers and thousands of people – cannot proceed without a clear and transparent instructional process. This is why our first step has been to facilitate communication by involving the key stakeholders".

"With Sogei’s collaboration, we have created and begun to use a public issue tracking system on GitHub, a site that can be used to report and share problems, fixes or to ask for clarifications. A (virtual) place where anyone can see the questions that are being asked, benefit from the answers already provided, and receive clear information regarding almost any difficulty." IDT added.

According to IDT director Diego Piacentini, the real challenge for the projects is making the process "scalable and repeatable" with large data volumes.








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