Commitments

03 Groningen Open Data Re-use

Country: Netherlands
Action Plan: Netherlands 2016-2018 National Action Plan
IRM Report: Netherlands Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 (Year 1)
Year Action Plan: 2016
Start Date: 2/1/2015  |  End Date: 2/28/2017

From the Action Plan

 
Route to PA: Re-use of open data in the Province of Groningen The Province of Groningen has joined other stakeholders in the public and private sectors, civil society organisations and individuals to explore ways in which open data can help to address and resolve issues relating to demographic shrinkage, and specifically in the areas of housing, employment, healthcare and welfare.

The Groningen project is part of a three-year European research programme entitled Raising Open and User-friendly Transparency-Enabling Technologies for Public Administration Project (ROUTE-TO-PA), in which the social and societal impact of open data is to be assessed. The key objective of the project is to promote the re-use of open data using new IT applications. This will not only make government more transparent but will create new opportunities to resolve societal issues based on the use of open data.

Lead Institution: Utrecht University


Support Institution: Province of Groningen, the City of The Hague, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Wise & Munro (Netherlands), the University of Salerno, Ancitel, Comune di Prato (Italy), National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), National University of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dublinked (Eire), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), Ortelio Ltd and the Open Knowledge Foundation (UK).

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From the IRM Review

 

Year IRM Progress Report Published: 2018

3. ROUTE-TO-PA: Re-use of open data

Commitment Text:

The province of Groningen has joined local governments and other stakeholders in the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and individuals, to explore ways in which open data can help to address and resolve social issues. The project is part of a three-year European Horizon 2020 innovation project entitled ROUTE-TO-PA, in which the social and societal impact of open data is to be assessed. The key objective of the project is to promote the re-use of open data using new IT applications. This will not only make government more transparent but will create new opportunities

Milestones:

1.     A social platform for open data (SPOD) which facilitates interaction between government and the users of open data with regard to one or more societal issues.

2.     The development of a Transparency Enhancing Toolset (TET) for government and open data users to accompany the social platform.

3.     Formulating guidelines and good practices (GUIDE) on the basis of the project results to ensure more effective use of open data in addressing various societal challenges.

Responsible institution: Urecht University

Supporting institution(s): The Province of Groningen, the City of The Hague, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Wise & Munro (Netherlands), the University of Salerno, Ancitel, Comune di Prato (Italy), National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), National University of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dublinked (Eire), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), Ortelio Ltd and the Open Knowledge Foundation (UK)

Start date: 1 January 2016                                        End date: 30 June 2018

Editorial Note: This is a truncated version of the milestone text. For the full commitment text, please see The Netherlands National Action Plan (https://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Netherlands_NAP-Appendix_2016-2018_EN_revised-with-changes.pdf)

 

Commitment Overview

Specificity

OGP Value Relevance

Potential Impact

On Time?

Completion

None

Low

Medium

High

Access to Information

Civic Participation

Public Accountability

Tech. and Innov. for Transparency and Accountability

None

Minor

Moderate

Transformative

 

Not Started

Limited

Substantial

Complete

 

3. Re-use of open data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

Context and Objectives

ROUTE-TO-PA is a three-year European Horizon 2020 innovation project. XX[Note73: Route-to-PA website, http://routetopa.eu.]XX This commitment involves activities by an international multidisciplinary consortium with stakeholders in the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and individuals, to explore ways in which open data can help to address and resolve social issues. The commitment contains three vaguely formulated milestones: to develop a social platform for open data, develop a transparency enhancing toolset, and formulate guidelines and good practices. The overall specificity of this commitment is low. Although all listed activities could be construed as verifiable, it is not clear what interaction the social platform aims to facilitate, nor is the purpose and functionality of the toolset specified. The steps to formulate the guidelines are also not clear, and therefore not measurable.

This commitment is relevant to the OGP value of access to information since it aims to enhance transparency measures of open data users and ensure more effective use of open data. The commitment also entails creating a social platform which would facilitate interaction between users of open data and the government. The level of meaningful input or influence users would have in government decisions, however, is unclear.

Due to vaguely formulated commitment text, it is not clear whether this commitment will have any potential impact. Since no government agency has direct responsibility for implementing this commitment, it is not clear whether it will affect government practice.

Completion

According to the government self-assessment, this commitment has been substantially implemented by third party organizations. The development of the Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) is in an advanced stage XX[Note74: Midterm self-assessment report, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Netherlands_Mid-term_Self-Assessment-Report_2016-2018_EN.pdf.]XX and its development is being led by a foreign company called Oxwall. XX[Note75: SPOD, http://spod.routetopa.eu.]XX According to the website brochure, SPOD will be the technological basis for guided support toward citizens, providing mechanisms and tools to help to show the effectiveness of the interactions. Within this sub-project, the lead institution initiated a Population Decline Challenge. There are no publications on this challenge. XX[Note76: Route to PA blog, http://www.open-overheid.nl/gastblog/hoe-gaat-route-to-pa.]XX TET (transparency enhancing toolset) is an open data portal, developed by a foreign company called Insight. XX[Note77: Route-to-PA case study, http://routetopa.eu/tag/tet-en.]XX Within this sub-project, the lead institution initiated a test by a group of users. There is no publication or other evidence on these activities. On the TET website, Dutch open data is provided by the Open State Foundation. According to the self-assessment report, the guidelines and good practices (GUIDE) have not been developed. It is not clear how the government is planning on using any of the tools developed by this commitment.

Next Steps

The IRM researcher recommends this commitment not be taken forward in the next action plan. First, the current formulation of this commitment does not clearly communicate its intended result. Second, “recent research shows that there are too many online platforms for e-democracy, and that these platforms often stop because citizens do not use them.” XX[Note78: Binnenlands Bestuur 2018-6, p.13.]XX Third, without involving the Dutch government in implementation, this project cannot effectively change government practice around the re-use of open data.

In the future, the action plan should clearly identify the role of participating Dutch public institutions and only include projects that are within the direct responsibility of the government and that obtain results within the Netherlands.

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  Year 1 : No

Overview

Design

Specificity

Not Reviewed
None
Low
Medium
High

Relevant to OGP values

Potential Impact

Not Reviewed
None
Unclear
Minor
Moderate
Transformative

Implementation

Completion at Midterm

Not Reviewed
Unclear
Not Started
Limited
Substantial
Complete

Completion at End of Term

Not Reviewed
Unclear
Not Started
Limited
Substantial
Complete

Results

Did it Open Government?

Worsened
Did Not Change
Minor
Major
Outstanding


Starred as of Midterm: No

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