The player starts with full stamina as he is a young entrepreneur who wants to succeed in his family winery business. He has 2500 euros in his pocket to use. His innovative ideas and culture guide him.
He understands that in order to be more profitable and competitive, he has to raise the bar and achieve growth. He needs a laptop to find information and work on his files. He purchases one from the shop.
He seeks for the taxation rates and fees in his country. He feels annoyed that he has to pay extra taxes because some companies do not pay taxes in the country. A visit to the taxation office should answer all that and other minor questions. The information is blur. So many laws and an unstable taxation system. He observes that there are many Bureaucracy entities blocking him to clearly view the information (AI bots). He has to do something to make them disappear. A tip is given to him to use Open Data. But what is this new concept? He reads information on Open Data (watches videos, text, etc). For each correct answer, bureaucracy is eliminated.
He spends energy and time to attain knowledge on open data, open budget, and public spending. He gets so excited that he enjoys answering quizzes to verify his level of knowledge. His knowledge is rewarded with OD points. The more he learns, the more OD points he collects and his experience levels increase. He feels more confident now that his decisions are data driven.
He pays a visit to the open data expert lawyer to clear out what he can and what he cannot do with the data. What is open data licensing?
In his mind, there is concern about the competitiveness he faces in Europe. In the winery sector, there are many well-branded wineries with high market penetration. He has to research on the competition and watch out for any international developments. He has to figure out alternative strategies to export his product and maintain his position in the market. But how can he gain that knowledge in the abyss of the internet?
He also wants to examine if there are calls for other national projects and competitions that he can apply at. It is important for him to know when and who will pay for his wines. Using open data again is a pleasant custom he trained himself to do.
He decides to research the internet for information on funds for SMEs, so he pays a visit to a local European office. In EU Office, he learns for a program named Horizon 2020 and another called Espa. He has no idea what these programs offer and how they might be helpful and match with his needs. A tip he gets is to create synergies and apply with other European SMEs that will also benefit from a project. Do other competitors do the same? How can he found it out? Again open data are there to help him visualize the information available for his industry. A nice tip is also to answer EU related questions.
He observes some buildings that host embassies. In his mind embassies are neutral entities with an ambassador and staff who were sent to represent and advance the interests of their country with another country’s government. He wonders how and if an embassy can help him out. Is there a connection between embassies and foreign investments and the increase of market access? Maybe it would be wise to pay a visit. The visit seems interesting…
After data presentation, the player has to learn how to use open data to find ways to fulfill his goals: grow the winery, make it profitable, expand its brand and be competitive.