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.
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.