Identifying and Aligning Jurisdictional Requirements and Best Practice International Standards for Open Data
The national Open Data initiative for Ireland is part of the emerging innovation trend in open government data and apps. Government is essential to providing the critical services that keep communities safe, viable, and growing, ranging from public safety to education to health policy. Governments drive the core services that impact the day to day lives of most citizens.
Trends in Open Data Initiatives: OGP and CSO influences
Open Data is Access, Open Data is not Open Source nor Open Government
Tangible Benefits and Outcomes from Open Data
- Transparency: In a well-functioning, democratic society citizens need to know what their government is doing. To do that, they must be able freely to access government data and information and to analyze and share that information with other citizens.
- Efficiency: Enabling better coordination and efficiency within government, by making data easier to find, analyze and combine across different departments and agencies.
- Innovation: In a digital age, data is a key resource for social and commercial activities. Everything from catching a bus to finding a doctor depends on access to information, much of which is created or held by government. By opening up data, government can help drive the creation of innovative business and services that deliver social and commercial value.
Where many public records laws and policies regulating the right to information have traditionally relied on reactive disclosure, meaning public information has to be requested before it is shared, a government fully engaged in open data is choosing to proactively disclose information. This means public data is released as it is collected and before it is requested. The idea of proactively making data available is to create what Tim O’Reilly has coined 'government as a platform'. Citizens will now have data as they need it, avoiding the delay in making a request to government. This also creates a 'data as infrastructure' and 'data as a strategic asset'.