We’re starting with our first speaker, Mélanie Robert! Mélanie is leading Canada’s OpenGovernment work and will share the learnings of their journey to become one of the best countries in open data!
First piece of advice: look at the rankings and read the international reports and take one by one every point where you are scoring badly. She mentions the open data barometer which lists which big datasets are missing. For Sweden, see
Second piece of advice: just go to the leaders and ask them how they did. Canada asked Korea for their secrets and they were happy to share!
Third: reach out aggressively to the potential users of your data. Canada tried hackathons but had trouble to see concrete results. If you are organising a hackathon, make sure that you have concrete problems to solve, don’t just showcase the data.
Fourth: Train public servants on open data so it becomes natural! Canada’s public service school has included open data in its curriculum.
5th and biggest piece of advice: do not ask what should be open, ask what shouldn’t be released! That principle is called open by default.
Next speaker: Kristine Ulander from DIGG who will talk about Sweden’s future national data strategy that they will release in March!
Sweden is currently 32rd in the last OECD ranking in open data. Huge potential for improvement!
DIGG needs both your ideas and support to succeed in its mission! What data do you want to open?
Danny Aerts, vd på Internetstiftelsen frågar: alla länder som är duktiga på öppna data började med tydliga direktiv med krav på öppna data. Varför kan vi inte börja med det i Sverige?
Next speaker: Malgorzata Drewniak from @firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about the legal challenges to open data.
As usual, governments need to find a balance between many different interests: transparency, integrity, economic interests.
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