Open (-source) government/politics


Open-source politics is a political philosophy which advocates the application of the

philosophies of the open source and open content movements to democratic principles

in order to enable any interested citizen to add to the creation of policy, as with a wiki


In recent years, expectations and definitions of open government have changed, now

that information is often freely and readily available via Internet. For example, a US

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request may result in a packet of documents mailed

to the requesting citizen, who instead would prefer or expect that data be given to them

in an electronic, machine-readable format for easier extrapolation and analysis.

The term open-source government (Gov 2.0) is often used interchangeably with the

term open government, but more accurately refers to the utilization of open,

collaborative technologies to create a platform through which government and

individuals can work together to improve transparency and efficiency of government

services. Governments use open standards and provide government data in open

formats through which individuals or companies can create new apps, websites, and

mashups for the benefit of the public. The underlying belief common to the use of open

formats is that citizens should not be forced to buy a specific brand or type of software

in order to interact with their governments.

Use of open standards and formats also has the added benefit of helping governments

avoid lock-in to those very brands or types of software. In addition to expectations of

use of open standards and formats, there are also calls for government-produced (and

taxpayer-funded) software to be released as open source. (1)



MMLAP and other EU Projects

Health system analysis to support capacity development in response to the threat of pandemic influenza in Asia
Making society an active participant in water adaptation to global change
Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation
Engaging all of Europe in shaping a desirable and sustainable future
Expect the unexpected and know how to respond
Driving innovation in crisis management for European resilience
Effective communication in outbreak management: development of an evidence-based tool for Europe
Solutions to improve CBRNe resilience
Network for Communicable Disease Control in Southern Europe and Mediterranean Countries
Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure
Strengthening of the national surveillance system for communicable diseases
Surveillance of vaccine preventable hepatitis
European monitoring of excess mortality for public health action
European network for highly infectious disease
Dedicated surveillance network for surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases in the EU
Modelling the spread of pandemic influenza and strategies for its containment and mitigation
Cost-effectiveness assessment of european influenza human pandemic alert and response strategies
Bridging the gap between science, stakeholders and policy makers
Promotion of immunization for health professionals in Europe
Towards inclusive research programming for sustainable food innovations
Addressing chronic diseases and healthy ageing across the life cycle
Medical ecosystem – personalized event-based surveillance
Studying the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet, and their consequences for the individual and society at large
Get involved in the responsible marine research and innovation
Knowledge-based policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, mainly based upon the practices in Parliamentary Technology Assessment
Assessment of the current pandemic preparedness and response tools, systems and practice at national, EU and global level in priority areas
Analysis of innovative public engagement tools and instruments for dynamic governance in the field of Science in Society
Public Engagement with Research And Research Engagement with Society
Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data
Providing infrastructure, co-ordination and integration of existing clinical research networks on epidemics and pandemics
Promote vaccinations among migrant population in Europe
Creating mechanisms for effectively tackling the scientific and technology related challenges faced by society
Improve the quality of indoor air, keeping it free from radon
Improving respect of ethics principles and laws in research and innovation, in line with the evolution of technologies and societal concerns
Investigating how cities in the West securitise against global pandemics
Creating a structured dialogue and mutual learning with citizens and urban actors by setting up National Networks in 10 countries across Europe
Identifying how children can be change agents in the Science and Society relationship
Establishing an open dialogue between stakeholders concerning synthetic biology’s potential benefits and risks
Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence