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THE STANDARDS

The Open Government Standards are being drafted through a consultative process amongst civil society organisations across the world that are working to promote open government. The Standards define the measures that different governments must adopt in order to advance and become Open Governments.

TRANSPARENCY

Transparency means that information about the activities of public bodies is created and is available to the public, with limited exceptions, in a timely manner, in open data formats and without restrictions on reuse. Transparency mechanisms must include the disclosure of information in response to requests from the public and proactive publication by public bodies. Key information about private bodies should be available either directly or via public bodies.

PARTICIPATION

Participation means that the public can engage directly in the consideration of policy options and decision making, and can contribute ideas and evidence that lead to policies, laws, and decisions which best serve society and broad democratic interests. Governments should actively seek to mobilise citizens to engage in public debate. Mechanisms should exist which permit the public to participate at their own initiative and to trigger policy debates on matters of concern.

ACCOUNTABILITY

An accountable government is one which makes itself answerable to the public, upholding standards of behaviour and integrity, and both explaining and taking responsibility for its decisions and actions. Accountability requires that rules, regulations and mechanisms be in place governing the exercise of public power and the spending of public funds. Specific and detailed measures are required to reduce corruption risks, to identify and prevent potential conflicts of interest, and to guard against illicit enrichment. There should be protections for those who expose wrongdoing.

Recognition of the Right to Know

Openness

Codes of Conduct: Clear standards of behaviour

All information available from all public bodies

Clear and reasonable Timelines

Conflict of Interest Prevention Mechanisms

Access is the Rule – Secrecy is the Exception

Clear and comprehensive information

Assets Disclosure

PROACTIVE PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION

Active collaboration

Transparency and Regulation of Lobbying

Free of charge and free for reuse

APPROPRIATE AND CLEAR PROCEDURES

Whistleblower mechanisms and protections

Open Formats

Empowerment

Procurement Transparency

Compilation of information

Transparency and Accountability

Independent Enforcement Bodies

Independent review mechanism

These Standards and their development are being drafted collaboratively. Join us! Give us your opinion and join the OGS network. Contact us at contact@opengovstandards.org

Do you want to know how your country is doing?

Organisations from around the world have been analysing the action plans from their countries.

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GLOBAL
OPEN GOVERNMENT
INITIATIVES

There are a growing number of Open Government initiatives around the world that work to address transparency, accountability and participation. This map displays examples of Open Government that have been submitted by civil society organisations.

Check out these   initiatives:

Government initiatives

Citizen initiatives

Private initiatives

IREKIA

PLATAFORMA DE GOBIERNO ABIERTO DEL PAÍS VASCO

La plataforma Irekia es una plataforma digital que opera como de punto de interacción entre la Administración Pública y la ciudadanía encaminada a la gestión participativa y corresponsable en la acción pública.

Esta iniciativa refleja el espíritu de los estándares por permitir un acceso rápido a la información en un formato abierto y tener centralizada la información sobre la acción del gobierno, además de ser un mecanismo de participación institucionalizado.

Website: We the people

If you belong to a public body, civil society organisation or from the private sector doing something innovative on transparency, participation or accountability and using new technologies to achieve these objectives or if you know an initiative that you think is worth sharing, please contact us: contact@opengovstandards.org

HISTORY

is a hot topic right now, but what does it really mean?

What should governments be doing on the topics of transparency, participation and accountability to qualify as Open Governments? In what ways can new technologies help advance openness and efficiency of Open Data and interaction amongst citizens?

The concept of Open Government has created quite a buzz at the moment. But what does it really mean? What should governments be doing about Transparency, Participation and Accountability to be considered Open Governments? How can new technologies help make the opening of data and the interaction between citizens and public administrations more efficient? Open Government Standards were founded to respond to these questions.

The Open Government Standards is an idea that came about in April 2012, coinciding with the presentation of the OGP national Action Plans. Their contents were extremely varied and did not always relate to Open Government. After seeing the mixed content of these documents,

Access Info Europe with Álvaro Ramírez Alujas, Nagore de los Ríos and other Open Government experts, decided to begin a process to define what Open Government meant from civil society’s point of view.

This initiative wants to determine the meaning of Open Government and the specific measures that an open government policy should contain to avoid the confusion with other concepts (such as good government, e-government, efficient government etc).

Right now we have opened the consultative process with civil society on the Standards, with the objective of presenting them at the next OGP meeting in London, Autumn 2013.

ABOUT US

WHO IS COORDINATING

The Open Government Standards are the result of an initiative coordinated by Access Info Europe , a human rights organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of the right of access to information in Europe and the defence of civil liberties and human rights with the aim of facilitating public participation in the decision-making process and demanding responsibility from governments.

THE TEAM

HELEN DARBISHIRE

ACCESS INFO EUROPE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. @HELEN_ACCESS

Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public´s right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Helen is in charge of promoting the Open Government Standards around the world.

VICTORIA ANDERICA

LEGAL RESEARCHER & CAMPAIGNER FOR ACCESS INFO EUROPE.@VICKYANDE

Victoria Anderica works for Access Info Europe as a Legal Researcher and campaigner. Among others, she has been involved in projects related to Open Data, Anticorruption and Access to Information for Journalists. She is currently coordinating the Open Government Standards Initiative.

ANDREAS PAVLOU

OGS Researcher @andreaspavlou

Andreas Pavlou is the Researcher and Civil Society Coordinator for Open Government Standards and liaison with the Open Government Partnership Civil Society Coordinator, Paul Maasen. His work also includes outreach to civil society to collect the best practices and help develop the Open Government Standards.

TANYA ALMANZAR

OGS Researcher @tannnnya

Tanya Almanzar is the OGS Researcher for Access Info Europe. Her work includes investigating examples of accountability, participation and transparency standards. She is also collecting together the criteria for the Open Government Standards and coordinating their continued development.

OGS NETWORK

If you belong to a civil society organisation and you wish to join this initiative, please get in contact with us at: contact@opengovstandards.org

                                       
Foundation Open
Society Macedonia
Access to Information
Programme Bulgaria
Active Citizens
America Speaks
Asociación por los
Derechos Civiles
Center Development
Democratic Institute
Centro de Estudios
Jurídicos
David Eaves
Global Integrity
Global Voices
Gong
Instit. Centroamericano
de Estudios Fiscales
Journalist Club
Asparez
Integrity Action
Sindicato Secretárias
Estado de Pernambuco
Transparencia por
Colombia
Transparencia
Internacional
Alianza Regional
                   
                   
The Center for internet & society
                   
                   
                   
Zelena Istra
                   

ALSO PART OF THIS NETWORK AND WITH SPECIAL THANKS FOR THEIR SUPPORT:

Nagore de los Ríos
David Cabo
Garmendia Guzmán
Ricardo Antón
Carlos de la Fuente
Silvana Fumega
Alison Tilley
Juan Freire
Javier Creus
Oscar Díaz Maturana
Wendy Cockcroft
Iñaki Aguirre
Javier Ruiz
Vanja Škorić
Gustavo Vleminchx
Florian Hervéou
David Rey Jordan
Rudy Werner Borrmann
Antonio Ibañez Pascual
María José Bazán
Piotr Czeslaw Brzezinski
David Eaves
Aranita Brahaj
Andra Bucur
José Ricardo Barrientos
Toby Mendel
Dessy Eko Prayitno

DONORS

THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED THANKS TO HELP FROM:

Gobierno Vasco