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Blog - E-Government: It’s a Natural Extension of Technology

Efficiency and Effectiveness of e-Government

As opposed to traditional models, e-government systems, especially those that create mobile government applications, will be able not only to push information out but to engage in two-way communication with citizens, businesses, and other governmental agencies, conduct transactions, and enable citizens to actively participate in their governments.


Written by: Dianna Labrien

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European Data Portal - Open Data in a nutshell

Public Sector Information and Open Government Data

Public Sector Information (PSI) is the wide range of information that public sector bodies collect, produce, reproduce, and disseminate in many areas of activity while accomplishing their institutional tasks. PSI may include (among others) social, economic, geographical, cadastral, weather, tourist, and business information.

Open Government Data refers to the information collected, produced or paid for by the public bodies (PSI) and made freely available for re-use for any purpose. Open Government Data is published under an open licence and is free to use within private and public domains.

In 2013, the G8 summit defined the importance of Open Government Data by creating the Open Data Charter. This charter emphasises the role that Open Data can play in both governance and growth stimulation. The charter defines five principles that nations that open up their data should follow. The 5 basic principles are shown in below.

The Open Data Charter Principle 

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Open government - An article by European Commission

Open government

European Commission


Increasing information and knowledge exchange, enhanced connectivity, openness and transparency provide new opportunities for public administrations to become more efficient and effective, provide user-friendly services, while reducing costs and administrative burden.

 The open government approach can facilitate this transformation. This paradigm is driven by opening up public data and services and facilitating collaboration for the design, production and delivery of public service. It is also about making government processes and decisions open, in order to foster citizen participation and engagement.

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European Big Data Value Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda

Economic potential of big and open data 

As identified by demosEUROPA, “Overall, by 2020, big & open data can improve the European GDP by 1.9%, an equivalent of one full year of economic growth in the EU.

The increased adoption of Big Data will have positive impact on employment, and is expected to result in 3.75 million jobs in the EU by 2017.

source: demosEUROPA

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European Data Portal - Creating Value through Open Data

Creating Value through Open Data

Study on the Impact of Re-use of Public Data Resources by European Data Portal

Governments have a large number of basic data which can be of economic and social value to society as a whole.

Along those lines, more and more European countries are developing policies to release this data as Open (Government) Data.

Open Data refers to information that can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose. It must be available under an open licence and provided in a convenient and modifiable form that is machine readable.

Within the European Union, key framework conditions for successful Open Data policy making have been set up.

In doing so, the European Commission aimed at creating a “data value chain friendly” policy environment. 

The objective is to put in place the “systemic” prerequisites for effective use and re-use of data through legal and soft law measures.

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