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Open Government Standard and Dashboard (NL0036)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Possibly the province of Noord-Holland

Support Institution(s): The Dutch National Police (?) The Province of Zuid-Holland (?) The Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) (subject to approval by the general meeting of members of the VNG) VNG Realisatie (?) Municipalities (?) Open State Foundation (OSF)

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Data, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Open WOB: developing and implementing an Open WOB standard and an Open WOB dashboard
Start and end dates of the action point: 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Possibly the province of Noord-Holland
Description of the action point
Note: the description below should be formulated such that its promotional effect will be increased.
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? Promoting openness and a transparent government by offering more insight into, and a better understanding of, requests under the Dutch Open Government Act (Wet Openbaarheid van Bestuur - WOB), both as regards content and the procedures followed.
What is the action point? At least ten government organisations should implement Open WOB.
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? The main goal of the action point is to increase transparency by the participating government organisations regarding requests for information, and the decisions following such requests, as well as their usability.
Pro-actively and accessibly publishing decisions to WOB requests will contribute to a transparent government and may contribute to reducing the number of WOB requests.

The Open WOB dashboard will make WOB documents available in an easy to search manner, supplemented by visualisations or graphs with the number of WOB requests, the term and the option to set notifications. Furthermore, the WOB documents will also be made accessible as open data via the Open Wob API, thus making the information suitable for reuse as well. This will also promote customer friendliness and improve service provision and it will contribute to a more open attitude of government organisations.

Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? Open WOB will contribute to a more transparent government by making any government information that has been requested before accessible to everyone, and by improving the quality of the information by improving the opportunities to search and find information.
Additional information The participating government organisations which are going to apply Open WOB will arrange the budgets and human resources needed for this.
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Note 1: it should be considered whether a further distinction should be made between real-life trials with a limited group of government organisations and the follow-up step of scaling up.
Note 2: it should be considered whether a distinction should be made between only joining the standard or joining both the standard and the dashboard.
Action plan established 01 September 2018
Recruitment and assembly of a leading group of government organisations that will implement Open WOB in their own organisations 01 October 2018
Drafting a standard (taking into account the different types of data) for access to WOB documents being provided by the Open State Foundation (OSF) and the leading group of government organisations in conjunction with VNG Realisatie and others 31 December 2018
Establishing a standard with VNG Realisatie and others 31 December 2018
Recruiting at least 10 government organisations in order to generate data and make it accessible in accordance with the standard 31 December 2019
Developing the technical part of Open WOB in order to support authorities, the standard, and the uploading of data from their sources at the authorities by OSF 01 July 2019 Friday 31 December 2019
Entering into a Service Level Agreement and adding at least 10 government organisations for the security, management, and hosting of the platform 01 March 2020
Assuring the management function and advice about scaling up by ……….. 01 January 2020 30 June 2020
Contact information
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner
Position, organisational unit
Email and phone number
Other actors involved Authorities involved The Dutch National Police (?)
The Province of Zuid-Holland (?)
The Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) (subject to approval by the general meeting of members of the VNG)
VNG Realisatie (?)
Municipalities (?)

Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector) Open State Foundation (OSF)


  1. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  2. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  4. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Open Contracting and Procurement

  8. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Audits and Controls

  9. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, E-Government

  10. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  12. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Open Data

  14. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

  15. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  16. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  17. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

  18. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Further Develop and Promote Disclosure and Use of Open Data

    NL0001, 2013, E-Government

  22. Increase Financial Transparency Through Open Budget and Experiments with Open Spending and Budget Monitoring

    NL0002, 2013, E-Government

  23. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  24. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  25. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, E-Government

  26. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

  27. More Transparency in Decision-Making Through Volgdewet.Nl Legislation-Tracking Website

    NL0007, 2013, E-Government

  28. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Right to Information

  29. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

  30. Change Attitudes and Procedures Through Smarter Working and ‘Public Servant 2.0’

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  31. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  32. Develop and Implement Participation Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  33. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

  34. Make Citizens Better Informed and More Empowered: Public Inspection and Correction of Information

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  35. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  36. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  37. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Capacity Building

  38. Rethink Information Management and Active Access: Four ‘Open by Design’ Pilot Projects

    NL0018, 2013, E-Government

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