Last week, we were discussing about the real meaning of Open Government concept, today, we want to go a step further analysing how a Open Government Portal works using as an example our Open Government Platform, OGoov.
First of all, let´s start by explaining what a Open Government portal is. It can be defined as the tool that allow public institutions or Governments communicate with citizens, providing them information about transparency and/or open data at the same time that it permits people to actively take part of the government management policies.
As it was mention last week, no all institutions that adopt a Open Government policy have the same grade of openness, therefore, not all the Open Government Portals are the same.
We recommend you to try out yourself. Simply, go to your browser and type ‘Open Government Portal‘ and you will see how many different results you get. That is the reason why solutions like OGoov, offer different deployment models according to the openness level that the specific institution, administration or government wants to achieve:
- Open Data Portal
- Open Data and Transparency Portal
- Transparency and Citizen Participation Portal
- Open Data, Transparency and Citizen Participation Portal
Once the different deployment models that the platform offers has been explained, we are going to present what they do and how many forms can a open data, transparency or citizen participation portal individually adopt.
Module 1 Open Government Portal: Open Data.
As we have mentioned before, open data sets are available in formats that are thought to be easily integrable with other applications, but their understanding and analysis can be difficult for citizens due to the nature of the format or even because of the volumen and lack of organisation of them.
This is a contradiction, since the centre of the Open Government model is the citizen and they are not being given the tools adapted to make the information easy to understand. OGoov solves this dilemma through the incorporation of formats that any user can understand.
Thanks to segmentation and data representation with graphs and diagrams, usability is increased and a real understanding of data meaning is achieved. We would like to invite you to try by yourself how easy is to use it, visiting our demo.
Module 2 Open Government Portal: Transparency.
Transparency aims to show citizens how the administration of a determined organism, institution or government is being managed. In the specific case of Spain, Law 19/2013, of 9th of December, about Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Government Practices has supposed a difference in the openness of the Government. In order to learn more, please visit our post from last week.
Related to transparency, OGoov, offers three different possibities:
- Publish how indicators from International Transparency Spain are fulfilled for each of the Public entity and optionally shows the evaluation.
- Publish the fulfilment of their own indicators or stablished from others entities, for instance, those coming from Ordenanza Tipo de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Reutilización de la FEMP.
- Show both types of indicators.
In the following example, it is shown how the information related to transparency will be shown in a Open Government Portal:
Module 3 Open Government Portal: Citizen Participation
Citizen Participation portal offers a perfect tool for users to directly communicate with the Administration. According to the openness level of a Government or Institution there are different types of portals.
OGoov offers three different sections that can be combined and implemented between them according to the client preferences:
- Government Proposals In this case, it is the Government the one that presents proposals and open a period for popular discussing where citizens can directly vote and/or leave comments about the proposals that at the same time can be voted for other users. Once the period for discussion is finished, the platform allows to publish the results and final decision based on this participative process.
- Citizen proposals: In this case, citizens will send their proposals and at the same time they can vote if they agree or not with the proposals of other citizens. The state of each proposal will be shown both if it is accepted or rejected.
- Polls. This platform in addition offers a polls module, that entitles the specific Administration to use this popular tool in order to analyse what citizens thinks about some specific topics that can be considered of general interest.
Until here we have guide you different deployment models and the utility of each of them in a Open Government portal. We hope you enjoyed it and see you all next week!