The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging Europe’s governments to create incentives for public sector organisations and others to use open data. A good way for governments to promote sharing and reuse of data, and to improve public administration, is the creation of data-driven eGovernment services, says Barbara Ubaldi, Head of Unit, Digital Government and Open Data at the OECD.
Ubaldi was one of the keynote speakers at the Sharing & Reuse Conference, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal) in March. Businesses and citizens expect digital services, with the same ease of use and responsiveness as commercial eServices. “We can’t have analogue governments serving a digital economy and digital society”, she said, quoting a German minister.
She recommends that governments align their strategies on digital government, open data and innovation. This will help the sharing of data, and improve interoperability of government services.
Create services, add value
Actively sharing and reusing government data encourages actors both inside and outside the public sector to work together, Ubaldi said. They create services, add value, identify where to increase government efficiency, and where to bring in outsiders. She pointed to Denmark as an example of a government that is promoting the reuse of data by the public sector itself, to improve efficiency.
OECD research indicates that governments are not doing enough to develop skills and raise awareness, for civil servants to reuse open data themselves. There is also a need for guidance on how to reuse data while protecting privacy and security, she said.