In a number of countries, access to information is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Constitutions often guarantee conflicting rights as well, such as the right to
privacy, so these are sometimes in tension and have to be properly balanced. When it comes to government information, countries typically have Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) that regulate in more detail who can request information, who has the legal obligation to provide it, under which circumstances, etc.
For instance in Slovakia, FOIA guarantees access to information to “everyone”: the citizenship or legal age are not a limitation, and neither is personhood. A foreigner, a child, or even a company can request information. However, FOIAs may not always regulate the electronic (digital) availability of data: Read More
Members of COMSODE team, Jan Gondol (Slovak Ministry of Interior) and Peter Hanečák (EEA communication solutions) gave interesting presentation about open government and open data in the context of the Open Government Partnership.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. Slovakia has been involved in Open Data activities, and is expecting to further promote Open Educational Resources, Open Access, as well as Open Source in the public sector.
To provide a better picture about status of OpenData in countries where COMSODE consortium members are located, here comes a basic comparison of the amount of published datasets in national data catalogs. Read More