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Pilot open data communities concept (NL0048)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: KOOP Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken (BZK)

Support Institution(s): Other Actors Involved State actors involved The communities consist of many organizations CSOs, private sector, multilat erals, The communities consist of many (public, private and civil society) organizations: link 27 working groups

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data

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


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Data is a production tool for every organization. A production tool that plays an increasingly important role in providing added value to both inside and outside the organization. It is essential to improve the findability of data and to make it easier to conclude “data deals” in collaboration with private and public parties. That is why we started data communities on in 2019. 25 It is important to follow up the course that has been set. We now need to take next steps in supporting the communities. We also want to gain generic insight into the impact of making data available. In this way, data policy in the Netherlands can contribute to the promised development of economic and social value. The portal is thus catching up to keep up with European developments. To be able to manage our activities, a yardstick is needed to measure the impact of and our activities. A framework to measure the impact of making data available with KPIs. We also see that is being asked to play a role in supporting AI initiatives and sharing data. The Corona crisis reinforces the need to share data better and easier. Being able to share data makes it possible to utilize the value. However, a lot of data is not shared because the conditions are not clear under which it can be shared. Most open data on has an open license of which it is reasonably clear what the condition for reuse is. Data that is not open and for which, for example, must be logged in or an agreement signed, is now not shared. There is a lack of a proper description of the conditions and a way of checking the conditions for reuse. now plays a natural role in providing startups and scale-ups with easy access to government data. Not only by handling data requests that lead to efficient contact between startups and data owners, but mainly by ensuring more and better findable datasets, even if they are not initially available as open data.

What is the commitment? We are starting a process in which we facilitate 5 data communities. A data community consists of a combination of data owners, re-users and experts in a specific domain. The community offers in-depth information, specific data, reference data, applications and an opportunity to ask experts directly about data. In addition, we will provide more information with datasets about how the datasets can be reused. Currently, many re-users are still confused about how they can re-use data. In the coming period, we will improve this and show how data can be reused for each dataset. Finally, we are developing a framework to actually measure the impact of the data that is made available. Indicators are drawn up and these are made visible on the data portal. In this way, more insight is provided into the impact of government data. With these activities we are able to:  Provide better insight into the impact of making data available.  To have clear conditions and conditions for sharing data in a selection of datasets.  Create a structural effect on bringing together supply and demand for open data with the help of the data communities.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem? In other countries, the focus on communities is successfully used to initiate demand articulation and in this way bring supply and demand for government data closer together. In order to make more data of better quality available for public use. That is why we also want to apply this in the Netherlands. 26 We are conducting a pilot in which we are investigating a number of datasets whether it is possible to share more information about the data. Most datasets lack insight into the structure of the data. For example:  Which columns does the data contain?  Which concepts can be found in the data?  What is the underlying data model?  What is the relationship with other data sources?

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? The data community revolves around the interaction between the supply of data by data owners, the use of the data in applications and the insight into the impact of the use of the data on processes, business operations and services to customers. The essence of a community is the feedback and interaction that arises. It contributes to the improvement of the quality and continuity of the data for data owners. At the same time, employees are directly involved in the data management process. The examples from France and Spain, and the first insights from our own Education and Mobility data communities show that the focus on specific domains gives a boost to:  Gain more insight into the impact of data;  Get more data available;  Make this more attuned to demand;  Contribute to more shareable data. This benefits transparency and the possibility of participation. This also stimulates technological innovation.

Additional information The implementation and further development on stems directly from the National Data Agenda drawn up by Min. BZK. Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date: Pilot from the data communities 01-01-20 01-01-22 Pilots on the subject of data sharing 01-01-21 01-01-22 Developing an impact framework 01-08-20 01-01-22


  1. Present legislation on campaign finance transparency

    NL0039, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Create national portal for transparent election results

    NL0040, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  3. Develop and implement digital participation platform at local level

    NL0041, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  4. Make FOIA information available through open data platform

    NL0042, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Encourage active disclosure of government information

    NL0043, 2020, Regulatory Governance

  6. Implement plain language initiatives

    NL0044, 2020, Capacity Building

  7. Determine balance between government confidentiality and citizens' right to information

    NL0045, 2020, Access to Information

  8. Training civil servants in active disclosure

    NL0046, 2020, Capacity Building

  9. Develop contract monitoring register

    NL0047, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  10. Pilot open data communities concept

    NL0048, 2020, Access to Information

  11. Increase availability of open source software

    NL0049, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  12. Improve government purchase and use of algorithms

    NL0050, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  13. Publish complaints about public services as open data

    NL0051, 2020, Access to Information

  14. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  15. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Access to Information

  17. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Automated Decision-Making

  18. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Access to Information

  19. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, Access to Information

  20. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Access to Information

  21. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  22. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Access to Information

  23. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  25. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Access to Information

  28. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Access to Information

  29. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Access to Information

  31. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Access to Information

  33. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Access to Information

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

    NL0001, 2013, Access to Information

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

    NL0002, 2013, Access to Information

  36. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  37. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  38. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, Access to Information

  39. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

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

    NL0007, 2013, Access to Information

  41. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Access to Information

  42. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

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

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  44. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

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

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  46. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

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

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  48. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  49. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  50. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Access to Information

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

    NL0018, 2013, Access to Information

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