Open Algorithms (NL0031)
Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020
Action Plan Cycle: 2018
Lead Institution: Rijkswaterstaat Centrale Informatievoorziening (Central Information Services)
Support Institution(s): Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (DIO) To be determined. To be determined.
Policy AreasCapacity Building, E-Government
1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Rijkswaterstaat Centrale Informatievoorziening (Central Information Services)
Description of the action point
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? More and more of the government's management and policy decisions are based on data and algorithms. Currently, decisions based on algorithms are not transparent to private citizens and companies, whereas the consequences of applying these algorithms can be of significant importance for society.
What is the action point? Drafting and mapping frameworks and guidelines for government organisations as a tool for making algorithms openly available. A decision tree will be drafted as a result of these frameworks and guidelines. The aim is to apply these frameworks, guidelines and the decision tree in a pilot while publishing some algorithms.
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? The knowledge of and experience with making algorithms openly available is still limited. However the increase in the use of algorithms, and the importance of algorithms in policy and management decisions, makes it important that knowledge, experience and tools about, and for this, are developed and shared. The action point shows which legal, technical, policy and organisational considerations come into play when deciding whether or not to make such algorithms openly available. These considerations result in a decision tree. Based on this, the ambition is that some algorithms should actually be made openly available.
A task force will be set up with representatives from different government organisations, possibly also from international organisations.
Making algorithms openly available sheds a light on the substantiation and operation of algorithms and can thus make a contribution to both the accountability of government policy and government decisions and their quality.
Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? The action point is relevant to transparency. The action point contributes to the publishing of government information, i.e. algorithms.
The action point is relevant to public accountability. The action point gives the public and community organisations access to management and policy decisions taken by the government.
Additional information There is limited availability of, but also a limited need for, budget for the action point.
It is expected that the lion's share of the work will be the efforts by civil servants which will not be claimed.
An indicative annual amount of €25,000 to €50,000 will be needed, e.g. for legal advice or for the technical realisation of the decision tree.
There are intersections with other government and non-government programmes, such as at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Justice and Security, and the Dutch National Archives.
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Task force prepared. Two meetings organised.
Action plan drafted. 1 July 2018 31 December 2018
Workshop focussing on sharing knowledge.
Completion of the report: mapping and analysis of the playing field; legal, technical aspects; analysis of actors 01 January 2019 30 June 2019
Completion of a draft report on frameworks and guidelines on open algorithms; draft decision tree (graphic); one algorithm open (pilot) 01 July 2019 31 December 2019
Completion of a final report on frameworks and guidelines including decision tree ; one to three algorithms open. 01 January 2020 30 June 2020
3 – 5 workshops during the term of the project aimed at sharing knowledge 01 July 2018 30 June 2020
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner Eric Blaakman
Position, organisational unit Data Management Center Manager, Rijkswaterstaat CIV
Email and phone number Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org; +31(0)6-46344475Other actors involved Authorities involved Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (DIO)
To be determined.
Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector) To be determined.
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