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Dutch govt data centre sets open source standard
Openstack and CEPH implementation is an example to peers in government and industry The Dutch government’s data centre in Groningen (ODC-Noord) is setting a standard for government-hosted cloud…
Dutch political party deploys "remotely controlled Members of Parliament"
Last week, the Dutch society-driven political movement GeenPeil started its own political party, promising its members direct democracy through what it calls remotely controlled Members of Parliament…
Dutch Drecht cities published first batch of open datasets
The Drecht cities (Drechtsteden), a collaboration of six municipalities in the delta region of the Netherlands, have published a first batch of open datasets. The data has been made available on…
"Netherlands lagging in transition to open government"
The Dutch government is not doing enough to further its transition to an open government. It should step up its ambition in this area and start working on implementation. This was the main message…
Dutch public agencies fail to register open data on national portal
Less than one in ten Dutch public agencies has registered any open data on the national open data portal. For municipalities, this falls to only one in twenty. These are the main results of an…
Dutch government publishes updated 'Manual for the Law on the Re-use of Public Sector Information'
The Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs has published a new version of its 'Handleiding Wet hergebruik van overheidsinformatie' (WHO; Manual for the Law on the Re-use of Public Sector Information).…
Crowdsourcing a new European Constitution
Starting today, people will be able to collaboratively write a new European Constitution. The People's Constitution project is an initiative of the Dutch Pirate Party and Amsterdam civil society. It…
"Panama Papers pushing open government"
The publication of the so-called Panama Papers will only help to further the discussion on open government. Things like hidden company ownership and strict secrecy have fuelled questions on links…
"Participatory budgeting: a silent democratic revolution"
Citizens with a say — or even a vote — in their municipal budgets are part of a silent democratic revolution. Participatory budgeting started 25 years ago in Brazil and, since then, has been spreading…
Dutch government organisations not ready for open data requests
Dutch government organisations are generally unable to process requests under the new 'Law for re-use of government information' in a timely and correct manner. According to inventories made by the…
"Open data and citizen participation key to modern government"
Governments should listen to society in order to connect to and be part of an increasingly open world. Open data and citizen participation, rather than organisations and processes, are now the…
Dutch National Open Data Agenda to facilitate open data publication
Last week, the Dutch Minister of the Interior, Ronald Plasterk sent the government's National Open Data Agenda (NODA) in a letter to the Dutch parliament. The agenda aims to make as many high-value…