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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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: