Open Data Within governmental Organisations: Effects, Benefits and Challenges of the Implementation Process

  • Martijn Hartog The Hague University of Applied Sciences Centre for Research & Development
  • Bert Mulder The Hague University of Applied Sciences Centre for Research & Development
  • Bart Spée Department of Information Technology, Province of South-Holland
  • Ed Visser Department of City Management, Municipality of The Hague
  • Antoine Gribnau Department of Urban Services, Municipality of The Hague
Keywords: Open government, open data, GEO data, governmental bodies, practice

Abstract

This article describes the growth of open government, open data and the means for transparency and accountability but aims to reflect on the bottlenecks and actual practicallity of opening data to the public domain by two governmental bodies. The Municiaplity of The Hague and The Province of South-Holland of The Netherlands are part of 2 research programmes called ‘Government of the Future’, which main goals are to explore and establish knowledge on societal innovation by new applications and possibilities of long term effects of ICT’s in the public sector. Part of these programmes are themes as transparecny and open data, which are  viewed form the somewhat pragmatic and operational side of its applicability. The paper shows the development within the governmental bodies and captivates the ‘readiness’ for open data.

Author Biographies

Martijn Hartog, The Hague University of Applied Sciences Centre for Research & Development

Martijn Hartog is a project leader and researcher at the eSociety Institute of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is in charge of the research programmes ‘government of the future’ concerning an open and transparent government. His fields of research concern open government, e-government and e-democracy. He previously functioned as advisor within several Dutch governmental agencies, such as the Ministry of General Affairs / Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management / Dutch Public Broadcast Agency and the Municipality of Rotterdam.

 

Bert Mulder, The Hague University of Applied Sciences Centre for Research & Development

Bert Mulder is an associate professor of Information, Technology and Society at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and founder of the eSociety Institute. His main objective concerns strategy development for a broad and innovative appliance of ICT within the society. Prior to this he worked as an information advisor of the Dutch parliament and as Head of the IT department at Veronica Broadcasting Organization.

Bart Spée, Department of Information Technology, Province of South-Holland

Bart Spée works at the Province of South-Holland as senior GEO-IT specialist at the IT department and is currently project leader of open data and transparancy. He has more than 10 years experience with GEO information (e.g. mobile GIS, data-collection, datamanagment, analysis and consultancy). He studied Human Geography, specializing in GIS and Cartography at the University of Utrecht.

Ed Visser, Department of City Management, Municipality of The Hague

Ed Visser graduated in 1981 as urban planning engineer and started working for the Municipality of Rotterdam. First, as a policy officer urban planning and from 2000 as a GIS consultant. In 2008 he graduated as GEO-information scientist and started working for the Municipality of The Hague. He is a consultant GEO information at the Department of City Management since 2010.

Antoine Gribnau, Department of Urban Services, Municipality of The Hague

Antoine Gribnau is an information manager and functional manager GEO Information Systems at the Municipality of The Hague. In 2013 he became project manager at the Sustainable The Hague foundation and at the end of 2013 he became project manager of the concern wide open data project.

Published
2014-10-22
How to Cite
Hartog, M., Mulder, B., Spée, B., Visser, E., & Gribnau, A. (2014). Open Data Within governmental Organisations: Effects, Benefits and Challenges of the Implementation Process. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 6(1), 49-61. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v6i1.291
Section
Special Issue: Research Papers