This initiative is all about trying to influence European Governments and the Commission and to do that we need to have a clear message and focus on what really matters. This is what we are trying to do via our emerging manifesto at http://mixedink.com/Eups20/Manifesto. I have justed submitted another version to the site which focussed on what I see as the key elements:
- transparency – getting all public sector organisations to commit to open themselves up to citizens;
- public sector information – ensuring that when public sector organisations do publish information they do so in machine-readable ways so that publication has maximum value;
- government data – encouraging governments to make as many data sets as possible available and facilitate use of them by outsiders;
- government legislation – ensuring that what is probably the most important type of government information is published in a way that makes it as useable as possible;
- citizen input – encouraging all public sector organisations to maximise the source for citizen contributions to their work and feedback.
Now of course I realise that there are many other great things governments could and should do, but the aim of the above is to pull together a clear focused group of ideas that on the one hand, people can identify with (i.e. be able to say: “yes, I support that!”) and on the other, give a clear message to governments and a clear standard against which their response (and actions) can be judged.
So what’s missing? Or what have I got wrong?
You can either comment in relation to this blog post or go to http://mixedink.com/Eups20/Manifesto and create a new version of your own either completely new or an improvement to an existing version.
Many thanks for your contribution!
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