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.
Launch of Open Government Data Review of Poland
The OECD assessment and recommendations from the report were discussed in Warsaw on 26 May 2015.
The full report will be published shortly.
Assessment and recommendations (pdf)
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.
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.