Article: What Is Open Government and Why Is It Important?

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

What Is Open Government and Why Is It Important?

Across the world, citizens are standing up to demand greater transparency and accountability from their governments, and governments are listening. Officials are making data public to allow for better public oversight of their activities. But where do officials and IT professionals begin? Launching an open data initiative requires time, effort, and financial resources to ensure it’s successful as well as utilized by the public.

The OECD defines open government as the opening up of government processes, proceedings, documents, and data for public scrutiny and involvement. In 2007, 30 open government advocates gathered in Sebastopol, CA to develop a set of principles for open government. They determined that there are eight principles which should guide open government initiatives, as listed below:

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