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Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia (DE0025)



Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy and Open Government Working Group

Support Institution(s): OParl, OffenerHaushalt: kdvz Rhein-Erft-Rur (municipal data-processing centre), City of Bonn; XErleben: County of Warendorf, City of Duisburg, City of Solingen, City of Dortmund, Cologne Regional Commission, OParl: Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. (OKF), Düsseldorf University, producers of information systems for municipal administrations; OffenerHaushalt: Fraunhofer Fokus; XErleben: EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH, con terra GmbH; Model data catalogue: Rhineland Open Data Region, GovData, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Germany Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Numerous good initiatives and open
government projects have already arisen
in North Rhine-Westphalia in recent
years. The Land and municipal authorities
have been working in partnership with
civil society, within the Open Government
Working Group, to implement the Open
Government Pact in the shared hope of
establishing open administration as
common practice in North RhineWestphalia by 2020. The pilot project
Kommunales Open Government in NRW ran
ten municipal projects, which flagged up
examples of greater transparency, public
involvement and collaboration that could
be applied in other municipalities as well.
More than 3800 data sets are available
on the metadata portal Open.NRW. Over
40 local authorities already publish data,
and new portals providing further data
are appearing all the time.
North Rhine-Westphalia has seen the
creation not only of many good projects
but also of a very extensive open government landscape whose full potential is not
yet realised. A lack of financial resources
and staff poses an additional obstacle
to implementation. Efforts to get more
municipalities on board for open government activities are ongoing.

What is the commitment?
The goal is to create the conditions
required for open government in North
Rhine-Westphalia to become firmly
anchored in all areas and for the long
term. Priorities here include avoiding
redundant effort, boosting synergies and
signposting the onward evolution of open
The primary aim of this commitment
is to provide access to technological
means of simplifying open government.
This includes creating open standards
for APIs and making open data easier to
provide and to find. In addition, the introduction of an open government label is
intended to create an incentive for more
administrations to join open government

How will the commitment contribute
to solving the public problem?
The use of the open standards OParl,
Open311, XErleben and OffenerHaushalt
is to be recommended throughout North
Rhine-Westphalia. This is very important
for standardising both the accessibility of
open data and improvements in how they
can be used.
OParl is an initiative to standardise open
access to parliamentary information
systems in Germany.
Open311 is to be used to establish a
standard API for online civic-issue
trackers which will make contributions
not only re-usable as open data but also
compatible with internal use by control
XErleben is to serve across North RhineWestphalia as an exchange standard for
open data on places of interest in the
fields of education, public bodies, healthcare and social affairs, transport, tourism,
buildings and culture, leisure and trails,
events, business and enterprise, etc.
OffenerHaushalt is to be made available as
a standard for open budget data, making
budgets, for example, easier to use and
release as open data.
The Open.NRW portal will give Land and
municipal administrations easier ways of
making data publicly available. The bodies
releasing data will have their own pages
on which they can directly publish and
manage them.
Open data that have been made available
are to be directly accessible via search
engines. This will increase their reach and
thus their pool of potential users.
The model data catalogue for open data
gives an overview of what municipalities
have already made available. Expanding
this catalogue to cover all local communities and associations that have published
data on Open.NRW will make it easier for
municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia
to start out in the area of open data, while
municipalities already active in the field
will discover additional possibilities.
Developing and road-testing a prototype
open government label can motivate administrations to put greater effort into
implementing open government measures
and thereby receive recognition in the
form of the label. This has the potential to
enhance the visibility of open government

Why is this commitment relevant to
OGP values?
This commitment creates the conditions
that will enable more open government
in North Rhine-Westphalia, through
the greater transparency generated by
increased and improved availability of
open data in combination with better
usability by individuals and businesses.


  1. Participatory Development of Research and Innovation Policy

    DE0022, 2019, Public Participation

  2. Participatory Creation of Regulatory Policy

    DE0023, 2019, Open Regulations

  3. Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions

    DE0024, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  4. Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0025, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Policy Co-Creation in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0026, 2019, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  6. Data Sovereignty in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0027, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Government Portal in Saxony

    DE0028, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open-Source Software in Public Administrations in Schleswig-Holstein

    DE0029, 2019, Subnational

  9. Regional Open Government Labs

    DE0016, 2019, Public Participation

  10. Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy

    DE0017, 2019,

  11. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  12. Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation

    DE0019, 2019,

  13. Transparency and Participation in International Aid

    DE0020, 2019, Access to Information

  14. Strengthen and Socialize Open Data Policy

    DE0021, 2019, Access to Information

  15. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017,

  16. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Starred commitment Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  23. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  24. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  25. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  26. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  28. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  29. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship & Immigration

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