Open Government Implementation Model (OpenGovModel)

The City of Vienna was the first public agency in a German speaking country to develop an Open Government Initative and to commit itself to the concept of Open Data – an open and transparent system that makes city data available to citizens for their further use. Vienna's first Open Data catalogue has been presented to the public.

The KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research was contracted by the Chief Executive Office of Vienna to contribute to the Open Government strategy of the City of Vienna. In order to bring the insights and propositions gained to the attention of a wider public, the Open Government Implementation Model (Version 2) has now been translated into English.

The KDZ Implementation Model is based on and significantly elaborates the "Open Government Implementation Model" by Lee/Kwak (2011).

Feedback on the elaboration of the implementation model is highly welcome. The document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Austria License, please feel free to use and distribute it.

Policy Context

Open Government Initiatives, Public Sector Information (PSI)

Description of target users and groups

Public agencies starting Open Government initiatives.

Description of the way to implement the initiative

KDZ - Centre of Public Administration Research and City of Vienna issued a first version of implementation model as a strategic framework for Vienna's Open Government Initiative: http://data.wien.gv.at

In 2012 the Open Government Implementation Model has been refined, expanded and translated into English.

Technology solution

Strategic framework

Main results, benefits and impacts

Generic implementation model for setting up Open Government initiatives.

Return on investment

Return on investment: Not applicable / Not available

Track record of sharing

The implementation model has already been used by other Authorities in Austria (e. g. Environment Agency Austria, small municipality of Engerwitzdorf, City of Graz, Region of Styria and others).

Is has also been acknowledged by German Authorities, Trentino (IT) and others.

This shows that the model is suitable for many different kinds of administrations implementing Open Government initiatives.

Lessons learnt

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Open Government is the comprehensive redesign of politics and administrative activities according to the principles of modern Public Management and Public Governance. In terms of the above, Open Government focuses on transparency, participation, and collaboration. The KDZ Implementation Model is based on and significantly elaborates the "Open Government Implementation Model" by Lee/Kwak (2011).

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In the Implementation Model, Open Government Data is the first of four stages:

*    Stage 1 – Increasing Data Transparency: Opens access to administrative data.

*    Stage 2 – Improving Open Participation: Opens government and administration for the ideas and knowledge of the public.

*  Stage 3 – Enhancing Open Collaboration: Improves Open Collaboration between administrative agencies, the government, citizens, the public, and the economy. Open participation allows the use of social media to connect people and their ideas. Open Collaboration allows the achievement of specific outputs.

*    Stage 4 – Realizing Ubiquitous Engagement: Allows the engagement of the public through transparency, participation, and collaboration.

The Implementation Model is now so detailed that guidelines for Stage 1 are now available. The further stages are not yet available in equal detail, but there are first approaches and practical examples that allow politics and administration to take the next steps forward.

Politics and administration must develop a comprehensive Open Government strategy; this document provides a contribution thereto.

Scope: International, Local (city or municipality), National, Regional (sub-national)
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