Netherlands: Open Government Partnership self-assessment report 2014
Mon 10 Nov 2014, 21:00

This first self-assessment report about the Open Government program sets out how the plan was developed as well as the progress made with the implementation so far. The report includes progresses regarding internet consultation, a legislative calendar and the online publication of government documents.

European open data incubator programme launched
Tue 8 Sep 2015, 00:07

The Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) is set to award a total of €650,000 to the first seven business selected for its two year open data incubator programme.

The startups and SMEs hail from the UK, Italy, France, Estonia and Austria, and provide open data solutions to pressing issues across Europe, including infectious childhood diseases, the recycling of bio-waste and cycling safety in European cities.

Between 50 and 70 open data-focused businesses will be welcomed on to the programme in two month instalments up until August 2016. ODINE has €5m EU grant funding still to award and urges interested companies to register.

Open data and freedom of information: complements or competitors?
Wed 28 Sep 2016, 18:00

Can open data improve people’s access to information? In this article, Michael Cañares, Regional Research Manager at the Open Data Lab Jakarta looks at how citizens in Banda Aceh used Indonesia’s Freedom of Information Act, and how open data worked to bolster citizen participation.

Open data: mandatory for local authorities’ data
Fri 29 Jul 2016, 14:17

As the Digital Republic Bill makes open data mandatory for local communities beyond 3500 inhabitants, an appraisal mission has been assigned  to the association, Open Data France. The aim of this mission is to prepare the local authorities to put in place the default mechanism for open of data as foreseen by article 4 of the Digital Republic Bill.

The French Digital Council welcomes the adoption of the Digital Republic Bill and the important clauses it contains
Fri 1 Jul 2016, 14:20

The French Digital Council expressed its satisfaction with the adoption of the Digital Bill by the joint committee composed of senators and deputies. An intense debate preceded the bill’s adoption, as over 2500 amendments were put forward. The Digital Council highlighted the great quality of these discussions which confirms the increasing importance for the national representatives of the debated matters.  The Digital Council welcomes many elements of the bill such as open data; a balanced right to portability; the measures promoting accessibility and inclusion; the exception to copyright in order to enable scientific text and data mining, etc.

The Digital Republic Bill highlights
Thu 30 Jun 2016, 14:23

Based on the compromised version of the Digital Republic Bill agreed by senators and deputies on 29 June 2016, some of the bill highlights are:

  • a provision enabling text and data mining which opposed the scientific community and editors, with the exception of the audiovisual data in respect of copyright;
  • net neutrality;
  • open data becomes the rule;
  • websites will not be obliged to collect taxes;
  • no obligation to store data in France;
  • digital death for which same rules apply as in the physical world, that is online documents belonging to a deceased person shall be transmitted to designated heirs unless otherwise agreed.