Open Government Partnership Steering Group meeting - 13th December 2023

Hi everyone,

The last Open Government Steering Group meeting for the year is due to take place:

:spiral_calendar: Wednesday 13th December
:alarm_clock: 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
:round_pushpin: Online/Microsoft teams

This is a reminder to get in touch if you would like to attend as an observer. To receive the online link to join the session, please email me at or you can message me directly on the network.

I’ll share the agenda for the meeting next week.


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As mentioned above, please see below the agenda for the Open Government Partnership Steering Group meeting next week.

Open Government Steering Group- Agenda- 13 December 2023.pdf (70.8 KB)

15.30 – Welcome from Chair

15.40 – Action plan commitment progress update – exception reporting

15.55 – Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) facilitated workshop 2024*

16.10 – Glasgow’s Open Government Action plan 2021 to 2023

16.20Nordic + group Scotland event 2024

16.25 – Any Other Closing Business (AOCB)

16.30 – Close

  • The minute from the previous meeting, held 24th October 2023, can be viewed online.

  • *For context, the purpose of an IRM is to ensure members of the OGP are accountable to the wider OGP community and to their constituencies, and to facilitate learning and improvement throughout the action plan cycle. The role of an IRM includes looking at how commitments can become more ambitious, impactful and collaborative throughout the process.

Hi all,

The minute of the Open Government Steering group meeting on 13 December is now available to view online alongside the December progress reports. Attached/linked below are also the presentations shared during the meeting.

  1. Minute
  2. Progress reports


Hey @NeishaKirk, @Juliet_Swann, @LucyMcTernan, @DoreenG
Lots of progress evident in the minutes. Well done to all involved in gov and civil society on this.


Re: The Nordic + group and “learning from others with aligning commitments”.

Just a note for future sessions. There is a broad alignment between these commitments below that doesn’t appear to be seen just yet. Perhaps because they have not been addressed by all countries at the same time. But more likely because the technicians who run public networks haven’t found their voice. N.B This is a limited list.

Here’s a video which sets the scene/acts as a a discussion paper.

Denmark A citizen’s account that will contain all their info, and comms, from and between every government agency.
Estonia. Developing a (more central) Co creation workspace.
Estonia. Developing the Piloting Framework. The step before a developed co-creation space.
Finland. Supporting Everyone’s possibility to participate. “The different forms of participation function only if citizens can find them”. i.e. the directory for co-creation spaces.
Germany. Open source platform/co-creation space for public (and admin).
Germany. Institutionalising Dialogue Network(s). The concept is intended to enable ministries to institutionalise innovative participation formats as part of the policy consultation process.
Ireland Enhancing civil participation networks and mechanisms.
Latvia. Strengthen the Framework for public participation.
Lithuania. Customer (Citizen?) centric approach to/in/by the Public sector.
Lithuania. Improving Public Consultation Mechanisms.
Nederlands Citizen control of (their) data
Nederlands.Strengthening citizen participation with Digital Tools.
Norway. User Orientation.
Norway. Egovernment with an End user focus.
Sweden. Citizen-centic Egovernment.

Hey Neisha, Lucy, Doreen,
I’ve been talking to our geekish friends over at a EC sponsored site.

Lucy. I know this might look like a software producer pushing their products, but this stuff (open gov challenge) needs a very broad OPEN Source social approach (not just “we need to be making bucks”).

Check out this blog post. It’s at the GEANT domain, the geeks ( I use the term affectionately) who run R&E/public networks across Europe (and beyond)

There’s two learnings.

  1. Open source has public principles that act as the balance against private org principles (i.e. make a buck)
  2. We need community managers who can span global, domain-centric communities. In our case, network operators and content managers who think participatory democracy, and its citizens, is important.

Everywhere else on the Internet, we’re just consumers.

@simonfj is this what you are looking for:

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Many Thanks Rachir,

Yep. You have in it one. The common link between OPEN policy makers and their OPEN public network designers. OPEN Governance.

Thankfully, since the inception of this article in 2005, we’re well past the theorising now. I use the NRENs as my barometer of how this geekish OPEN philosophy lands "its National wheels on a Global tarmac". I use the GEANT hub because its the EU project, which spans 27 Euro-funded NRENs (and their global mates pop in at the GEANT domain from time to time).

I’ll point you at a recent Press release from Nicole down there which includes a link to “Open source Principles for NRENs”. The key phrase on that page of principles is digital sovereignty cannot be achieved without a robust open-source infrastructure”.

I’ll think you’ll find, if we were to run a session that used digital sovereignty as a focus for all those National commitments I pointed at, and every other National NAP, we’d have a lot of agreement between public network managers, and interface designers, as to what should be the next steps of Opening their National governance…

User Centric Idenitity.docx (15.8 KB)
Hey Rachir, Janos,

At the risk of boring you and everyone else, I’ve just uploaded a summary doc which is a rewrite of the one one this page. I promised it for the guys over there who normally don’t consider the OGP audience.

The audience for this stuff is a task force for identity whose perspective looks across networks that span most European R&E institutions (unis, schools, research labs, the hadron collider, etc) and some gov departments in a few countries. i.e. public networks

Our (OGP) audience will be considering a public identity as being something issued by central gov department, like the TAX office, which gives citizens access to other online services. At the same time there will be little consideration given to the idea that a citizen could use their gov account to access their google, MS, and apple (etc) services, and maybe even (open source) services that are built by a consortia of government geeks.

OK Its heresy I know. But there a public open source freebies everywhere. If only we could get a few countries to collaborate/coordinate on THEIR similar (user centric) commitments.