Free/Open Source software is great for Public Administrations, but Free/Open data are even more important. Making public sector information really accessible, that is publishing online raw data in open formats and under open licenses, can both improve transparency in government and foster local economical and cultural activities. I have just started working with an Italian University to research these issues.
Any feedback is welcome, especially stories about local businesses worldwide that make money and are sustainable just because the public data they need is available and legally reusable for free, even for profit. Even stories of the opposite type are welcome, of course.