- Engage more
Develop a strategy to deploy Open Data in your entity, and make and maintain an Open Data master plan. Prioritize information quality and consistency, learn from your experiences, and react to user feedback.
Now start reusing Open Data from other agencies in your analytical environment. For every new data stream in the back office, check whether it can be replaced by using or creating an Open Data stream. Automate the way you handle data (the ETL process) as much as possible, and regularly update your data.
- Stimulate innovation
Engage with communities of interest to use your Open Data—or understand why they won’t. Think ahead about applications using Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor data.
- Educate more
Educate your internal personnel on how to use Open Data for improving citizen services. Give information sessions about how to publish and use Open Data sets. Repeat these education steps frequently.
- Steer and correct
Trigger communities to use your data, and give them ideas. Help build community or themed platforms, and continue to use standards. Become demand driven.
Of course, Grandma is a strictly amateur baker and so a single method is all she requires. Once any government has gained confidence and is ready to reach the broadest possible stakeholder group, it should behave more like a professional cook. Here are my top tips for turning professional:
- Learn and continuously improve your skills, based on your experience
- Keep it simple and tempting (less is almost always more)
- Let go of what people do not order
- Add new variations to your most popular menus
- And, once in a while, try something completely new
The above is just a taste. To satisfy a more substantial appetite, please download the white paper: Open government data: Learn why it will change your digital life forever