I was telling you in February 2014 about the OGP Club (Open Government Partnership), an informal event which brings together civil society, academia and public institutions in order to implement Romania’s commitments as part of its participation in the Open Government Partnership. The event is organized by the Department for Online Services and Design in the Romanian Government. This is a very dynamic and interesting unit led by Radu Puchiu, whom we interviewed recently.
But the purpose of this article is not to talk about the OGP Club but about one resolution of this project – the OGP Romania Awards. These will be granted annually starting December 2014 as a way to recognize and encourage the efforts of the public administration, civile society and business environment to implement and respect the principles of an Open Government Partnership.
The topics for the 2014 vote are “Promoting Open Data”, “Transparency in the public administration” and a special section dedicated to the partners which have been involved in OGP projects in Romania. The jury will be formed by representatives of the central administration and also of the Coalition for Open Data. Check out more details about the categories and how to vote on their website. [RO]
I think the OGP Awards are a creative and great idea which can help us find out more about the Open Government Partnership projects in Romania and also about the success stories of institutions or projects who actively contribute to increasing transparency in public sector communication and digitizing the public administration. I look forward to finding out about the winners!
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Romania joined the initiative in 2012 when we also committed ourselves to follow and implement the 2012-2014 National Plan. You can find here an independent review of the commitments taken by Romania and the way in which they were finalized or not. If you are wondering what exactly are open data, it is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share alike (OpenDefinition.org). Find out more!