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At the time of the earthquakes we were exploring an open data-set published in January 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The set contained a lot of information about each state schools of all levels in Italy and was released in order to be reused und built on by any private or public subject. We were enthusiastic about this sudden effort towards transparency.

On the wave of enthusiasm we got in contact with the Regional School Office of Emilia-Romagna and requested the official data about the damaged schools. We got the data and they eventually got published in an open format, as we suggested the Regional School Office to do. At the same time the damaged schools were drumming loudly through all possible media, newspapers, tv, social media, blogs and websites. They reported about the damage, posted pictures and videos, and asked for help, help, help, as they saw the beginning of a new school year just a couple of months ahead, and they were reduced to a pile of debris.

In the controlled, slow flow of information provided by government and the spontaneous outburst made by schools we saw a contradiction. Schools were engaging actively in order to help themselves and were quickly producing first-hand data about their situation. Government was doing things in the classical way, and because it was operating according to protocols, it was already behind. In this contradiction we spotted an opportunity to intervene through design and to help both, the schools and the governmental institutions, which functioned as a support to them.

Data about schols in Jan-May 2012