Open Government Data: Key to a Transparent, Accountable, and Participatory Society
Publisher: Riinvest Institute, Kosovo
Kosovo needs to amend its public-information law to increase the amount of government data available to its citizens online, according to this Riinvest Institute policy brief.
“This could raise the awareness about the value of availability and accessibility of information on official websites of institutions,” the brief states. “Consequently, this would also contribute to the number of public documents requested to the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, which for 2014 was about 85,120 requests in total.
“The higher number of requests to public documents means higher participation and engagement of the society in general and higher influence in the decision-making processes.”
The brief was released as part of Advocacy for Open Government, an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
The brief also calls for:
- Improve access to existing documents located on official websites of public institutions by using global best practices for developing and maintaining the websites
- The creation of a central government website for access to public data, like those created in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Albania
- More open-data training for employees of public bodies, especially employees charged with managing data, information and web content