The rise of Open Data is only the beginning in becoming a thoroughly Open City. This session will highlight 10 hands-on principles of being an Open City through the use of modern and open technologies.
Based on the concepts of Open Development, Open Data & Open Source and illustrated using existing efforts from various governments.If you need inspiration to introduce open efforts in your city or want to improve your city's efforts then this is the session you need to attend.
Open Data is only the Beginning
An Open City Government talk beyond Open Data on
Open Development & Open Source.
6 March 2017, Brussels
www.timble.net - @johanjanssens
I'm a Belgian web developer,
free software advocate,
chief breaker of things @Timble.
3% of sites on internet
build solely by volunteers
An open source web publishing platform used by 65 local police forces & federal police.
Making a city open beyond data ...
The Open Definition initially derived from
the Open Source Definition.
“Open data and content can be freely
used, modified, and shared by
anyone for any purpose”
Open City Government
[City] is committed to:
● Meaningful public participation
● Collaborating with public and across government
● Sharing best practices, software and resources
An open city must create a legal
framework that will institutionalize the
principles of transparency,
participation, and collaboration into
its culture and work.
Open City Directive
Being open about code, and the processes which lead
to coding decisions, are vital parts of building trust in
Coding in the open allows the public to see how public
money is being spent.
Potential for reuse
Work together and reuse solutions from other government
services rather than re-writing the wheel.
Makes it better
The more eyes there are on a service the better it gets.
Howlers are spotted, better alternatives are pointed out,
the bar is raised.
Helps to find great people
Developers can see the quality and style of code
produced, the types of technologies, and the kinds of
www.gov.uk/service-manual/service-standard & www.dta.gov.au/standard/
Create a 'Digital Service Standard'
Set of criteria to create and run digital services.
Digital Service Standard of GOV.UK:
1. Understand user needs
4. Use agile methods
5. Iterate and improve frequently
8. Make all new source code open
9. Use open standards and common platforms
Outsourcing suppliers must comply
with the Digital Service Standard
It took us 6 months to negotiate a contract to deliver
open source software to the Belgian Police.
The largest open source community in the world.
Who’s using GitHub?
Add your organisation ...
Start with a README
The first thing a user will see when encountering your code.
Tasks that need to be completed or discussed are
added to repositories as issues.
Use coding standards
Reduce the cost of maintenance and
improve code readability.
The Gitflow workflow defines a strict branching model
designed around the project release.
Use a branching model
https://www.vagrantup.com/ & https://www.docker.com/
Have a virtual development
Lower development environment setup time, increase
development/production parity, and make the "works on my
machine" excuse a relic of the past.
Built with Drupal
but source code is not open
Funded by us, the taxpayer, for 9 million
We’re lagging behind
No mention of open source in the
federal coalition agreement
75 countries endorsed the Open Government Declaration since 2011. Belgium hasn’t.
Others already have a commitment to
make source code open by default.
I have a “simple” dream ...
I dream of living in a truly open city
where I can access, use, modify the
code of my city’s website.
We build things for the web
tom.janssens.me - @JanssensTom