International activities

The Government of Flanders aims to be a decisive government at all policy levels. A government that makes things easy for its customers, more specifically the citizens, organisations and companies. A government that serves its customers as quickly as possible and communicates in a transparent way. A government which makes its data and the information it manages for citizens and companies available, whenever possible, and opens them up to these citizens and companies. In other words, a government that pursues an open data policy, and subsequently creates growth and innovation in both  the public and private sectors.

Open Data provides unprecedented opportunities to offer innovative services that provide economic and social value. Open Data also contributes to more transparency in government as well as more efficiency and helps the government extend the reach of its policies.

Open Data Platform

The Flemish Open Data Platform allows citizens and businesses to freely access government data with as few restrictions as possible. Developed in co-operation with the Ghent-based research institute iMinds, the Flemish Open Data Platform, available in four languages, allows free access to more than 1,200 databases maintained by the government.

Visit http://www.opendataforum.info for the latest update on matters Open Data and the added economical and social value of opening up governmental data for re-use.

Citadel... on the move

Despite all the buzz about Open Data these days, however, one hears very little about the practical steps that a city administrator needs to take to open local government data and unleash innovation.
Too often Open Data advocates, for all their commitment and passion, forget that for many cities and towns, especially smaller ones with limited resources, opening and using data is easier said than done.

Citadel on the Move aims to address this challenge by providing cities and towns with simple and easy to use templates and tools to help them open their data and create new applications that can be used and shared across Europe and even around the world.

The Citadel on the Move project is co-funded by the European Commission and aims to:

  • Make it easy for cities to publish Open Data
  • Make it easy for citizens to use data
  • Create a common European Open Data ecosystem

Citadel on the Move defined guidelines designed to help local government actors use their tools and templates to kick start their Open Data efforts in 3 easy steps!!

Open Standards for Local Authorities (OSLO)

The project entitled ‘OSLO’, which stands for ‘Open Standaarden voor Lokale Overheden’ or, in English, ‘Open Standards for Local Authorities’, helps remedy one of the challenges of e-government: the re-use of information within and between
cities.

For the development of OSLO, the Flemish organisation of local ICT managers V-ict-OR, with support from the Government of Flanders and 58 stakeholders from a public private partnership, has joined efforts with the Dutch Quality Institute for Dutch Municipalities (KING).
There is also close collaboration between the OSLO consortium and the European Commission’s Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations programme or ISA programme. ISA has lent its full support to this project because the bottom-up approach is quite unique in the European Union.

Via the ISA programme the OSLO standard will be able to cope with possible changes in the future. This cooperation gives the OSLO project international recognition and puts our Region on the map of innovative governments. The international network LOLA, of which V-ict-OR is now holding the presidency, takes a closer look at the standard to determine whether the same approach can be set up outside Europe. The Flemish Region once again plays a leading role in the field of e-government both in Europe and across the world.

Open Transport Netwerk (OTN)

The Open Transport Network is based on the same philosophy: opening up data to provide new services to the public. In the Open Transport Network the aim is to contribute to the mobility and safety of our roads and even buildings. The Flemish Region is coordinating the effort with 14 partners from the Czech Republic, Latvia, the UK, France and Greece, amongst others.
In our country the city of Antwerp will play an important role, with its roads, port and airport as potential living labs.
The project hopes to stimulate innovation, business activities and improved public services by enhancing access to Open Geographical Data, especially for SMEs. We are quite confident that this project will turn out to be as successful as the Citadel project.