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Open Government Data Review of Poland

Unlocking the Value of Government Data

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Published on September 25, 2015

This review analyses progress and challenges of open government data in the Polish national context. It is based on existing OECD methodology and formulates recommendations that aim to help Poland improve open government data efforts and achieve impacts. The recommendations take into account the departing level of the Polish context and focus on priority needs, which in the case of Poland is the establishment of an “infrastructure” to support coherent and sustainable efforts across the administration: creation of an ecosystem of related and co-operating actors, establishment of a supportive governance framework, development of the needed skills and culture among civil servants.


Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Building a common and coherent strategy for open government data in Poland
Establishing effective governance for Poland's national open government data strategy
Fostering a “can do” culture for open government data in Poland
Data as a cornerstone of government digital transformation
Results from the OECD Survey of Polish Government Institutions
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Political vision, civil society advocacy and EU policy developments have aligned to create a positive environment in Poland for Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives. Starting from behind many OECD countries, progress in creating an OGD culture in Poland can be rapid but challenges must be overcome.

Poland and OGD today

  • A “supply-side,” top-down approach is still prevalent

  • OGD is not yet sufficiently seen as a driver of better public service or new business creation

  • The “eco-system” required for broad acceptance and roll-out is in the preliminary stages 

  • OGD is not yet adequately understood as a source of value creation

  • Poland is in a similar position to that of leading countries just five years ago

What Poland must do to catch up

  • Create and leverage communities to stimulate development of a national OGD culture

  • Develop an ambitious vision and common ownership across government

  • Improve governance and co-ordination mechanisms to stimulate proactive data release across the government


Slides: Unlocking the value of government data


What is Open Government Data? 

Open Government Data is a philosophy- and increasingly a set of policies - that promotes transparency, accountability and value creation by making government data available to all. Public bodies produce and commission huge quantities of data and information. By making their datasets available, public institutions become more transparent and accountable to citizens. By encouraging the use, reuse and free distribution of datasets, governments promote business creation and innovative, citizen-centric services.

Important issues need to be resolved as governments adopt ODG initiatives. The OECD Framework and the mapping of OGD initiatives across countries are helping countries adopt effective OGD strategies. 


OECD OURdata Index on Open Government Data

The OECD OURdata Index assesses governments’ efforts to implement open data in the three critical areas - Openness, Usefulness and Re-usability of government data.


OECD OURdata Index



Open Data: - The same as Open Government Data (OGD). The worldwide movement towards OGD objectives.

OURdata: The OECD indicator monitoring the progress of OECD and stakeholder countries as they implement OGD policies.

e-Government: the provision of government services over the Internet or other electronic means.

Digital government: the use of digital technologies to create a dialogue to improve the quality of policy making through more effective feedback mechanisms from citizens and stakeholders.