Open Government Data

CeDEM Asia 2016: Daegu Metropolitan City Meeting

During this year`s CeDEM Asia 2016 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, a meeting between the Daegu Metropolitan City (Information Management Division), National Information Society Agency (Department of Government 3.0) and the Danube University Krems (Department for E-Governance) has taken place to exchange the knowledge and strategies in the field of E-Government and Open Government Data.


Participants of the workshop: Daegu Metropolitan City: Mi Young Park, Yong Won Kim, Jae Yeoul Jeong; National Information Society Agency: Shin-Ae Shin; Danube University Krems: Peter Parycek, Michael Sachs, Malgorzata Goraczek.

The goal of the meeting was to get a better understanding about the objectives and current status of Daegu Metropolitan City, which can be summarized as following:

  • What are the main objectives of the e-government strategy of Korea?

The national Department for Government 3.0 wants to improve the services for citizens and reduce the costs for businesses through open data. New business opportunities shall be established through the use of open data by private companies. The core of the project is a further transition from information to data in a cloud solution. There shall be a transition from digital government to data driven government. Korea has its own data centres and a government owned cloud system for security reasons.  The city of Daegu is the first local government that has the cloud based information system. Cloud solutions for government are all domestic. Now, private companies shall be certified by the government to be able to host such clouds. The information that is handled on national level are in national data centers, and data exchange between the levels of government is possible.

  • How Daegu deals with electronic identification of citizens and businesses?

The government has its own verification system. National government agencies have their own certification. Having an integrated system is a target.

  • What is the most popular or most favourite e-government service?

Most important service for citizens is the public government website that contains all information. Each local government has its own government services.

  •  What is the current status of open government data in Korea?

Since the enactment in 2013 all government agencies have to open their data. Personal information and information related to national safety issues are protected, but all other data is made publicly available. There have been developed  popular open data applications:

  • Application for locations of nearby hospitals and medical services
  • Parents can talk about schools all over the country in an application
  • Applications with mobility data und location based information about Daegu
  • Preparation for an open data market
  • Data based solutions for health care, e.g. devices for cardiac issues

The meeting allowed a bright inside into the work of Daegu, national strategies and plans according to E-Governance and Open Governement Data.


New: Open Data Institute Node in Vienna – a central hub for open data in Austria

ODI Node Vienna ©Semantic Web Company

ODI Node Vienna ©Semantic Web Company


The Open Data Institute (the ODI) was founded in 2012 by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.
The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.
It convenes world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation and enables anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

ODI Node Vienna:

Today, on Wednesday 24.6.2015 the ODI Node Vienna has been officially founded!
Led by the Semantic Web Company (Martin Kaltenböck) the Vienna Node (as a networking node) is managed together with the partners Technical University Vienna, Institute for Software Technology (A Min Tjoa and Elmar Kiesling), University of Economics Vienna, Institute for Information Business (Axel Polleres) and Danube University Krems (Center for e-Government, Peter Parycek).

ODI Node Vienna: a central hub for open data in Austria

The ODI Node Vienna will become a central hub for open data and data activities in Austria and Vienna and stands for:

  • Open government data
    Open business data & innovation
    Open research and open science data and OpenGLAM (in a later stage)

  • Build awareness about the value of Open Data & Data Management
    Build an (open) data ecosystem
    Help organizations to unlock the value of Open Data
    Bring together stakeholders (interface between communities, initiatives, open data providers, Gov’t and business)
    Provide a single point of access for businesses
    Platform for (Open) Data Management
    Support data publishers (Open Data Portal,
    International Exchange about Open Data Innovation via ODI network

Furthermore the ODI Node Vienna is embedded in an international Node network of at the moment 24 Nodes – see map.

Thereby the ODI Node Vienna is in a process for continuous knowledge sharing and exchange with the headquarter in UK as well as with the other international Nodes on data activities, open data and data innovation!

New Special Issue of Jedem out: “Open Data: growing up and getting specific”

We are very happy to announce that Vol. 6 No. 1 (2014) of JeDEM, the eJournal of E-Democracy and Open Government, has just been published. This time we have been working with guest editors Johann Hoechtl, Tim Davies, Marijn Janssen and Ina Schieferdecker on the topic “Open Data”, a field of studies that has, during the recent years, been “growing up and getting specific”.


Special Issue on Open Data including Invited Papers from the SharePSI project

This special issue contains a variety of research papers addressing this topic from different views and providing recent research results. The papers in this issue deepen the understanding of open data and show that the subject of open data is moving from the general to the study of specifics. The special issue also includes invited papers presented at the first public meeting of the SharePSI project. Share-PSI 2.0 is the European network for the exchange of experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector.

You can access the full issue for free here.

About the Guest Editors


#CeDEM13 day 1, morning, Track: Open Data, Transparency (..)


(Guerilla knitting by @anked still here from #CEDEM12 !! :-))

Here you’ll find minutes of the Open Data Session on the first day of CEDEM13. Presentations: 4. Room occupancy: full. Weather report: Lovely late morning sunshine.

Re-Designing Open Data 2.0

Alon Peled
At the moment, open data is moving forward. This contribution is dealing with a categorisation of criticism towars Open Data (named “Open Data 1.0 Criticism) like bad design or unrealistic goals, technology obsession etc. Beside the need of conceptualising this criticism, there is certainly a place for Open Data, but open does not neccessarily mean free. There could also be an intern arena created between agencies we have to be aware of. (more…)

Open Government Data – Evaluation Stadt Wien

Die Stadt Wien ist im deutschsprachigen Raum Vorreiter im Bereich Open Government Data. So veröffentlichte Wien 2012 als erste Verwaltungseinheit Österreichs ein Open Government Data-Portal. Herausragend im internationalen Vergleich ist ein auf die Bedürfnisse der Stadt Wien abgestimmtes Vorgehensmodell, das die notwendigen Prozesse bei der Veröffentlichung von Daten und Abteilungen der Stadt Wien beschreibt. Mitarbeiter der Stadt Wien arbeiten außerdem in einem für Open Government geschaffenen Kompetenzzentrum gemeinsam mit einer Community an der Detailgestaltung der Veröffentlichung offener Verwaltungsdaten. Mittlerweile verwenden 82 Applikationen Daten aus den Tätigkeitsbereichen öffentlichen Handelns der Stadt Wien.

Möchte man Open Government als Verwaltungsparadigma der Zukunft etablieren, benötigt dies Mut zu gemeinsamen Wegen. Die Verwaltung sucht daher die aktive Zusammenarbeit mit der Community um an den Servicelösungen der Zukunft zu arbeiten. Dabei ist es sinnvoll in regelmäßigen Abständen die gesteckten Ziele mit den Anforderungen der Community abzugleichen. Im Sommer beauftragte die Stadt Wien daher das Zentrum für E-Governance der Donau-Universität Krems mit der Umsetzung einer Studie, um die Wünsche der Öffentlichkeit mit den Anforderungen der Verwaltung abzugleichen. Die dabei erzielten Resultate sollen der Verwaltung helfen, ihr Open Government Data-Angebot zu optimieren bzw. für verschiedene Zielgruppen der Öffentlichkeit sinnvoll zu gestalten. Auch für vergleichbare Bereiche und Bestrebungen lassen sich Ergebnisse ableiten.