[open-government] OGD in the IT system procurement cycle

Tracey P. Lauriault tlauriau at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 14:19:43 GMT 2011

Some of these are oldish, irrespective, they may help you with thinking it


see - *

Feb. * * * * 2004 * - *A Developers' Guide to the CGDI: Developing and
publishing geographic information, data and associated services
(HTML: )

and scroll down to read these

*Sep. * * * * 2005 * - *CGDI Target Vision and Implementation Plan (Version
2.0) *


*Oct. * *18 * * 2006 * - *Web Feature Services, Considerations for CGDI
Government Partners Version 1.0


On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM, Antti Poikola <antti.poikola at gmail.com>wrote:

>  Hi,
> On 31.10.2011 15:05, Tracey P. Lauriault wrote:
> That does not mean we should not be moving towards more open formats, and
> more importantly toward *interoperability*,
> Interoperability and government IT systems using data from other gov
> systems is the key to *sustainable* OGD development. I recently made a
> small research and found out that my home city Helsinki uses around 400-500
> IT systems, out of which only a small portion are anyhow interconnected.
> I got the inspiration to my original post from David Eaves talk in the
> Open Government Data -camp in Warsaw, here is a quote from him: "Our goal
> is to make data platform one that not only citizens outside of government
> can build on, but one that government reconstructs its policy apparatus as
> well as its IT systems at top of. Achieving this will ensure that open data
> gets hardwired right into government and so cannot be easily shut down."
> ( http://eaves.ca/2011/10/21/the-state-of-open-data-2011/ )
> My hope is that in the future the public sector web sites / portals for
> example would be built *on top of* a robust and open data layer. This would
> mean that the user interface is separated from data and the same data
> interfaces that are used for the portal it self could be offered for
> anybody to access the same data. Two questions:
> -> Is this idea good or bad or something in between?
> -> If it is good, then how should it be written in the procurement
> documents?
> I want my public service to share data, and it is up to me to work on the
> conversion, for now, and I think it is reasonable that we ask government to
> build interoperable systems and at the very least provide services to
> convert formats, but I do not think it is reasonable to expect all
> government institutions to toss what they are doing now, and waste the
> millions spent on enterprise wide systems. But we can ask that those legacy
> systems become interoperable and that new systems be more open.
> This is a very important point as well, thanks for reminding me about it.
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