The European Open Government Data Initiative (European OGDI) solutionEuropean OGDI is a free, open-source, cloud-based collection of software assets that government organizations can take advantage of. They can load and store public data using the Microsoft Cloud, using the Windows Azure Platform.
As an open platform, Windows Azure also lets developers use many different programming languages, such as .NET, PHP, Ruby, Python and more. The European OGDI data repository is continuously being added to and is fully compliant with principles of the PSI Directive:
Enables governments to publish open data in a re-usable format and already includes over 60 different government datasets.
Empowers citizens with more visibility of governments' services.
- Added Value
Enables independent software vendors (ISV) to develop new applications that create more economic value locally.
Available as open source starter kit on
Overcoming the barriers to Open Government
In Europe, there is untapped economic potential from re-using data. That's why the European Commission has issued a PSI directive to understand more about the barriers. The findings will inform future amendments to the Directive.
Microsoft's response to the consultation is
In summary, our experience of open data tells us the current barriers are:
Prevalence of open data that is published to application-specific, non-reusable formats that also lack terminology and data consistency.
Cost of provisioning and delivery. Data is most often stored on servers within public bodies, not readily available for external, scalable access.
Open data frameworks should be publicly available for developers in all developing languages, together with tools, sample code and documentation to make it easier to re-use the data.
More focus required on publishing open data to the Cloud to improve cost- efficiency, to enable re-use features and give non-discriminatory availability for developers and ISVs.
Data classification and potential reuse should be solved by government agencies actively engaging with ISVs.