Examples in Practice

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Featured NASA hosted the world’s largest hackathon
Featured A Mexican initiative gives parents a chance to improve their children’s education through service feedback
Featured Afghanistan has established a roadmap to improve public financial management
Featured Albania has set up an e-Government portal containing information about public services
Featured Argentina, Guatemala, and Indonesia use targeted methods of selecting asset disclosures for verification
Featured Argentina’s Consumer Arbitration Tribunals help solve consumer disputes
Featured Australia has developed guidance on online consultation
Featured Azerbaijan has created a single-window access to public services
Featured Azerbaijan set up a one stop shop for public services
Featured Brazil developed a consumer protection system before hosting the World Cup
Featured Brazil has developed an online platform to process information requests
Featured Brazil provides citizens education on public budgets
Featured Brazil’s Bolsa Família program is backed by a widespread information campaign
Featured Brazil’s e-Democracia platform allows citizens to comment on draft legislation
Featured Brazil’s Health Councils involve people in governing the health system
Featured British Colombia carried out participatory land use planning of its forests
Featured Bulgaria is developing a strategy for more effective management of natural resources
Featured Canada developed an Open Government License
Featured Canada’s electoral management body allows citizens to file complaints online
Featured Canada’s environment impact assessment legislation establishes opportunities for participation
Featured Chile set up a one-stop shop for accessing public services
Featured Chile’s transparency portal brings together open datasets and information requests
Featured Citizens are invited to have their say in the legislative process in Ghana, South African and Uganda
Featured Citizens in South Korea can submit requests for audits of programs or agencies
Featured Colombia has a comprehensive legal framework for the extractive sector
Featured Croatia adopted a national strategy for the creation of an enabling environment for civil society
Featured Croatia has a programme of cooperation with the not-for-profit sector
Featured Croatia publishes elections campaign finances online
Featured Croatia requires public consultation in policy making
Featured Denmark has launched a comprehensive aid transparency initiative as part of its OGP Action Plan
Featured Denmark set up a centre of expertise on collaborative democracy, starting with a focus on technology issues
Featured Denmark’s Mindlab involves citizens and business in in problem solving with government ministries
Featured District monitoring committees in Timor Leste are monitoring and helping resolve problems with public projects
Featured Estonia set up an online ‘People’s Assembly’ to make proposals for government reform
Featured Ethiopia launched a new Procurement Proclamation which requires disclosure of contracting information
Featured Finland is reviewing its law and practices for managing records and data in relation to its goals for openness, public service management and digital governance
Featured Georgia developed an online system for public financial disclosure
Featured Georgia issued a decree requiring proactive publication of government information
Featured Ghana has taken steps to strengthen participation in environmental impact assessments
Featured Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act was developed with public consultation
Featured Greece has set up a central catalogue of public data
Featured Guatemala developed a Citizens’ Budget
Featured Guinea discloses dozens of mining contracts on centralised government websites
Featured Honduras publishes all eight key budget documents
Featured In Afghanistan, DRC, Liberia, Nepal, Palestine, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste, civil society organisations work with communities to monitor and assess the effectiveness of construction projects
Featured In Belgium, an impartial College of Experts evaluates electronic voting technologies
Featured In Bulgaria publishes data on permissions granted for electronic surveillance
Featured In Colombia citizens’ oversight organizations can supervise the entire public contracting process
Featured In Colombia the law requires all documentation related with a public contract to be published
Featured In Croatia there is widespread collaboration between parliamentarians and civil society representatives
Featured In Denmark, enabling free access to ‘basic data’ will save the government an estimated USD 45 million per year
Featured In Ecuador, the introduction of an e-reverse auction in the purchase of medicines achieved an expenditure reduction of USD 327 million
Featured In Ethiopia the Protection of Basic Services Project is working to empower citizens to assess public services
Featured In Guatemala the government has taken action where multistakeholder reviews found problems in public construction projects
Featured In India the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is monitored through social audits
Featured In India, a declaration of assets is mandatory within 90 days of taking office as a Member of Parliament
Featured In Israel the government worked with Google to make transit data more useful
Featured In Karachi, the local government adopted a co-management approach to sanitation
Featured In Korea city residents get up to date information on water quality
Featured In Madagascar the government established a mediation process to address tensions over a large infrastructure project
Featured In Mexico the national archive and IFAI issued joint guidelines for the organisation of government archives
Featured In Mexico “social witnesses” oversee public procurement
Featured In Mongolia,civil society and professional organizations play a formal role in bid evaluation and contract monitoring
Featured In Peru public land for sale must be advertised for a minimum of 90 days
Featured In Peru the government introduced standardised tests in schools to improve school standards
Featured In Sierra Leone the law requires that oil contracts must be awarded through competitive auctions
Featured In Sierra Leone the records authority has developed standards and guidelines for keeping civil servants’ and teachers’ records
Featured In Slovakia, government contracts are published online
Featured In South Africa information on quasi-fiscal activities is provided in the main budget or the budgets of the relevant agencies
Featured In Sweden the government publishes performance reports on social services, health and medical care
Featured In Tanzania the government established wanachi.go.tz a website to submit and track complaints and feedback
Featured In the Netherlands the Intelligence and Security Services Review Committee oversees intelligence services, and people can also report complaints to the National Ombudsman
Featured In the Philippines the Department for Education cooperates with the Checkmyschool monitoring initiative
Featured In the Philippines, citizens participate in all stages of the procurement process and may also observe implementation
Featured In the UK the National Health Service asks all patients leaving hospital if they would recommend it to their friends and family
Featured In the United States provides machine-readable information on construction contracts
Featured In the US the House and Senate and House removed restrictive rules governing Members’ use of social media
Featured In the US the Office of the Special Counsel oversees whistleblower protection for federal employees
Featured In Uganda a consultation with young people provided inputs to the National Development Plan
Featured Indonesia set up a social media channel for complaints
Featured Kenya adopted reforms to allow independent monitoring of electoral processes
Featured Kenya’s Consumer Protection Act gives consumers the right to demand quality goods and services
Featured Lao PRD has produced an inventory of land concessions and leases
Featured Mali is reforming its policies for the agriculture sector with participation of farmers’ associations
Featured Mexico has a comprehensive electoral code
Featured Mexico has a system to systematically track statistics on requests and responsiveness from federal agencies
Featured Mexico has established a budget transparency portal
Featured Mexico has put in place electronic systems to facilitate RTI
Featured Mexico set up a digital platform to ‘improve your school’
Featured Mexico’s Federal Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information is highly regarded internationally, and Mexico is taking steps to address the issue of records management in relation to this law
Featured Moldova requires each Ministry to release new datasets
Featured Mongolia addresses contracting specifically in its Right to Information Law
Featured Montenegro has established an online petitioning system: the Citizens’ Voice e-Petitions platform
Featured Myanmar has developed an open source Aid Information Management System that enables the efficient tracking of aid projects
Featured New York City’s Checkbook NYC website integrates budgets and contracts
Featured Norway has developed an electronic public records tool, which is used by central government agencies to publicise their public records online, and which is open for everyone to use
Featured Norway has established a central digital repository through its Noark5 and digital archive initiatives
Featured Norway was the first government in the world to introduce standardised metadata requirements, and this has enabled a highly successful approach to freedom of information
Featured Numerous countries do not criminalise unauthorised disclosures by members of the media or public
Featured Public participation is enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa
Featured Rwanda started publishing a Citizen’s Guide to the Budget in 2009
Featured Rwanda’s Ombudsman carries out audits on randomly chosen asset declarations
Featured Seventeen countries have joined the Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Featured Several countries in Africa are working with the World Bank to collect Service Delivery Indicators on health and education
Featured Sierra Leone is rebuilding its records control regime after a long period of internal conflict
Featured Sierra Leone set up an online mineral concession registry
Featured Slovenia uses a random sampling method to test asset disclosures
Featured South Africa has an Independent Electoral Commission
Featured South Africa has carried out a national public education campaign on Know Your Service Rights and Responsibilities
Featured South Africa has conducted an in-depth assessment of its procurement system
Featured South Africa has guidelines on involving excluded groups in environmental decision-making
Featured South Africa set up an online portal for mining applications and information
Featured South Korea has systems to enable citizens to participate in budget decisions
Featured South Korea separates its defence budget into three secrecy categories
Featured State governments in India use social audit techniques to monitor government programs
Featured Sweden has launched a web-based platform, Openaid.se to provide access to aid data in open format in line with IATI
Featured Sweden is developing common specifications to support government agencies in transferring digital records between records management systems and a digital archive
Featured Tanzania carried out water point mapping
Featured Tanzania produced a Citizen’s Budget Handbook
Featured The Brazilian ministry of finance publishes large amount of budget data in machine-readable formats
Featured The Californian city of Vallejo carries out participatory budgeting at the city-level
Featured The Canadian government developed an Accord with the Voluntary Sector
Featured The City of Edmonton has set up a Centre for Public Involvement
Featured The City of Gerardton developed a plan for the city’s future through participation
Featured The Dodd-Frank Act in the US requires companies to report on how much they pay governments for access to oil, gas and minerals
Featured The Dutch government has set up an independent, confidential advice service for whistleblowers
Featured The England and Wales Land Registry contains an inventory of all available data
Featured The EU requires extractive companies to publish their payments on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis
Featured The EU started publishing details of fisheries access agreements with developing countries in the early 1990s
Featured The Government of Estonia has issued a series of guidelines on minimum requirements for Estonian public sector document and records management systems, including minimum metadata standards
Featured The Government of Guatemala is working through CoST to bring disclosure of public construction data up to international standards
Featured The government of Mongolia has institutionalised on-going national ‘State of Democracy’ audits
Featured The Government of New Zealand has recognised the importance of managing datasets in public organisations as part of its plan for digital continuity
Featured The Indian Right to Information Act makes contracts disclosable
Featured The Mozambique government, together with its aid partners, has been working to merge all financial accounts into one single treasury account
Featured The National Crime Records Bureau in India publishes annual reports on crime, deaths and imprisonment
Featured The Netherlands carried out a ‘State of Democracy’ assessment
Featured The New Zealand Government has developed social media guidance
Featured The Northwestern Power Council in the USA developed a vision for power development, through widespread public consultation
Featured The Philippine National Textbook Delivery Programme uses citizen participation to improve accountability in public procurement
Featured The Philippine Procurement law requires the proactive publication of key information
Featured The Philippines has developed a Citizen’s Budget Portal
Featured The Philippines integrates CoST into existing civil society initiatives
Featured The Philippines used an Advisory Council to enable a electronic vote counting to be introduced with confidence
Featured The plan for rebuilding New Orleans was developed through participation with people across 16 cities
Featured The Slovenian independent Anti-Corruption Commission has enhanced power to protect whistleblowers
Featured The State of Minas Gerais, Brazil requires proactive disclosures about PPP projects
Featured The Swiss Federal Archives has developed a sustainable solution for archiving relational datasets
Featured The U.S. state of Oregon aims to improve political participation through its Citizens’ Initiative Review
Featured The UK created a “Mystery Shopper” service to resolve complaints related to procurement processes
Featured The UK Government has a longstanding compact with the voluntary sector
Featured The UK government has issued guidance on consultation
Featured The UK government set up a center for public engagement on science policy following a national controversy
Featured The UK Government’s Choice Charter sets out what users should receive from their services
Featured The UK has committed to establish a central registry of information on beneficial ownership
Featured The UK is establishing a fund to support developers to produce tools to make use of open aid data
Featured The UK issues guidance on what information can be exempted from tenders
Featured The UK Prime Minster set out a broad commitment to open data in a letter to government departments
Featured The UK sets ‘annual data requirements’ for police forces
Featured The UK’s Interception of Communications Commissioner publishes limited annual statistics
Featured The United States provides novel ways for publicly released data to be used by citizens to solve global challenges
Featured The US Agency for International Development has a policy to share evaluations as widely as possible
Featured The US established an executive order on environmental justice for minority and poor populations
Featured The US False Claims Act puts resources in the hands of the whistleblower
Featured The US government established a public open source project to facilitate the implementation and evolution of its Open Data Policy
Featured The US government has made a public commitment to open data
Featured The US presidential memorandum on managing government records launched an effort to reform records management policies and practices
Featured The US Toxics Release Inventory programme provides information on toxic discharges by corporations
Featured Timor Leste publishes some minerals contracts
Featured Turkey sought broad public inputs into development a new constitution
Featured Tuscany established a law promoting participation in development of regional policies
Featured Uganda publishes comprehensive national data on the performance of the rural water sector
Featured UK Open Policymaking team crowdsourced suggestions of ‘Ideal Policy Team Behaviors’
Featured Ukraine has established laws to simplify CSO registration and improve access to resources
Featured US Citizen Corps trains volunteers to play a role in community safety and disaster preparedness
15 donor countries and 22 recipient countries have signed up to IATI
23 countries have recently adopted RTI laws which reflect the progress made in international standard setting
39 countries are implementing EITI
A Canadian government website provides the public with information about the government’s access to information and privacy programmes
A few countries publish all eight key budget documents
A growing number of universities across the world are offering records management education in the context of information science and digital governance
A parliamentary monitoring organisation in India publishes easily digestible information about parliament
About 137 jurisdictions implement some sort of asset disclosure regulations
Approximately 100 countries around the world have adopted legal instruments offering protection to journalists’ confidential sources
Approximately 20 countries have taken part in experience exchange on construction sector transparency facilitated through CoST
Archives New Zealand has developed a guide, “Managing Datasets”, which provides some guidance for the management of datasets in public sector organisations
Argentina developed an electronic financial disclosure system
Around 45 jurisdictions make disclosures available online
As part of its Open Data strategy the UK government will publish machine readable data on the management and use of EU funds in the UK
At least 32 countries have restrictions on post-government employment in at least one branch of government
Australia has an independent crime and misconduct commission
Australia holds regular satisfaction surveys on policing
Australia’s information commissioner is responsible for all information held by the government
Austria has published information on the use of special investigative means
Bangladesh has developed a one-stop-shop for all aid related information
Belgium piloted a system to develop unique identifiers for addresses and streets
Bolivia endorsed the Open Aid Partnership
Botswana has developed a “budget pitso” forum
Brazil publishes detailed information on resource revenues
Canada has committed to implement the International Aid Transparency Initiative as part of its OGP Action Plan
Canada has passed a law requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to governments
Canada provides a public interest defence for those who would otherwise be bound by secrecy laws
Canada’s policy on information management takes a broad approach to managing information in all forms and formats
Canadian security law takes public interest defence into consideration
Chile has a fund for Consumer Associations projects
Chile has committed to publish asset declarations online as part of its OGP Action Plan
Chile requires that environmental information is published in an accessible form
Chile’s healthcare system sets out guarantees on access, quality and cost of public healthcare
Civil society groups in three African countries have received grants to improve citizen monitoring of public contracts
Colombia announced that it would implement the EITI
Colombia has legislated clear laws covering procurement for defence and security
Colombia has used the ‘Land Governance Assessment Framework’ as part of its efforts to strengthen land governance
Conflict of interest rules protect the independence of South Africa’s Electoral Commission
Congo (DRC) publishes all mining, oil and forestry contracts
CoST in Guatemala has benefited from the support of international partners, helping them avoid potential pitfalls and build on what has worked in other countries
CoST participation countries have disclosed project information
Countries participating in CoST have enabled assurance of disclosed CoST project information and published findings
Danish criminal law provides a public interest defence for publication of state secrets
Defence procurement in the US is subject to scrutiny by Congress
Denmark’s Model License for Exploration & Production of Hydrocarbons contains a standard provision on disclosure
Denmark’s state secrecy law provides a public interest defence for the publication of state secrets where the person is acting in the legitimate interest of obvious public interest
Development aid from the European Union has become more transparent with the EU Aid Explorer
Disclosing information enabled Ethiopia to save money and improve governance in the construction sector
Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Suriname and Ecuador have been testing ‘Bungeni’ for managing legislative information
El Salvador joined COST after an initial period of engagement
El Salvador’s human rights ombudsman investigates reports of police misconduct
Environmental and social impact assessments are mandatory for extractive concessions in Australia
Environmental impact assessment regulations in Chile make special provisions for indigenous people
Environmental impact assessments are required for the extractive industry in Colombia
Estonia will create a database of declarations of economic interests as part of its OGP Action Plan
EU member states exchange tax information under the Savings Directive
Finland is committed to developing dialogue skills in public administration as part of its OGP action plan
Finland set up an e-petition platform that enables citizens to propose legislation
Finland’s Archives Act has wide coverage across the public sector and facilitates the right of individuals and institutions to access public information
France provides project-level aid information to priority countries on its new open aid portal
Gabon publishes its registry of fishing licences on the internet
Geo-referencing of aid in Bolivia gives the public access to information on over 30,000 public investment projects
Germany invites economists, business and trade unions to give testimony to budget hearings
Germany publishes an annual statistical yearbook on crime
Ghana has developed an environmental law database and placed all its environmental legislation online
Ghana is establishing Committee with civil society participation to oversee the petroleum sector
Ghana publishes information on receipts from petroleum companies on a quarterly basis
Ghana’s Whistleblower Act applies to the security sector
Hungary publishes a state of the environment report
IATI country pilots are being carried out or being planned for Colombia, DRC and Rwanda
In 2011, the Parliamentary Budget Office was established in Kenya
In 2011, the US President established a government-wide effort to reform records management policies and practices
In Afghanistan the Ministry of Economy is required to publish all contracts
In Australia consultation is required before any regulatory change
In Austria the law provides for citizens groups to participate in Environmental Impact Assessment
In Azerbaijan, fuel subsidies provided by the national oil company were put on the budget
In Brazil police stations show photographs of the team of officers
In Bulgaria all units of the Ministry of Interior must publish data on FOI requests
In Canada rules on the right to information are overseen by the Department of Justice
In Canada, a government wide initiative has been undertaken to identify all government data holdings
In Canada, the information commissioner investigates access to information complaints and advocates for more proactive disclosure within government
In Costa Rica, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal publishes statistics on voter registration
In Finland the National Archives has been developing methods of preserving information in databases
In India police officers are included in income and asset declaration requirements
In Indonesia, individuals have the right to pursue legal recourse if they are prevented from obtaining information under the freedom of information act
In Japan, the Parliament’s National Library plans to digitise its entire collection to make available online
In many countries, fiscal councils are providing independent analysis of government budgets and policies
In Nicaragua right to information is incorporated into school curricula by law
In Norway software for government must meet the Norwegian Archive Standard
In Slovenia, all secrecy provisions are laid out in the Classified Information Act
In Slovenia, requests to declassify information are submitted to a temporary Commission
In Slovenia, the Netherlands and the UK, the public may attend a plenary or committee session without prior arrangement
In Sweden, all secrecy provisions are concentrated in one law: the Secrecy Act
In Tanzania modern legislation empowers the national archives to define standards for keeping government records
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, all contracts relating to natural resources are required to be published
In the Latin American region, the Network of Transparency and Access to Information (RTA) has developed a model document management and records management system
In the Philippines local people’s organisations must be included in the management board for protected areas
In the Philippines, both government and private sector are active at training monitors
In the U.S. city of San Francisco, the government’s open data policy calls for all departments to publish an inventory of data held
In the U.S. state of Utah, a Transparency Advisory Board acts as the oversight authority for the state’s open data policy
In the U.S. the ‘America’s Legislators Back to School’ programme enables legislators to meet with young people
In the UK potential opportunities that might be advertised in the future are published, so that all companies can view the pipeline of opportunities
In the UK the Information Commissioner and the National Archives have developed a code of practice on records management to support the Freedom of Information Act
In the UK, the Electoral Commission produces a report after every election
In the United Kingdom the National Archives and the Information Commissioner cooperated to develop a code of practice on records management
In the United States a cross-departmental body reviews declassification requests from the public
In the United States, the 2013 Open Data Policy called for federal agencies to perform an audit and create an index of datasets
In the US, OSHA requires federal agencies to post information about whistleblower protection
In the US, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy requires federal agencies that fund research make the results and underlying data available to the public
In Victoria, Australia disclosure requirements are part of the standard terms and conditions for contracts
Increasing numbers of countries permit some form of public hearings during budget discussions in the legislature
Increasing numbers of countries publish the Executive Budget, Enacted Budget, Audit Report and Citizen’s Budget
India has central and state level information commissions
India has developed a Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation
India’s consumer protection system enables inexpensive and speedy redress
India’s Green Tribunal enables citizens to get access to justice in environmental protection cases
Indonesia’s public contracting data is made available on a portal hosted by a civil society organisation
Ireland is developing a new law to provide comprehensive whistleblowing protection
Jersey requires beneficial owners to be identified and recorded by the JFSC Company Registry
Kazakhstan’s Citizen’s Budget is mandated by legislation
Kenya’s Ombudsman monitored misuse of public resources in the 2013 elections
Korea’s Anticorruption Commission can provide relief for whistleblowers’ losses
Legislation in New Zealand protects whistleblowers in order to promote the public interest
Liberia publishes information on bids and contracts
Malawi is reforming its construction sector after CoST review
Malawi is working to geo-code project information
Malawi is working to integrate its Aid Management System with its overall financial information management system
Malaysia has developed a set of system specifications for electronic records management systems
Malaysia introduced a Tribunal for consumer claims enabling consumers to seek redress without going to court
Manabalss.lv is a Latvian civil society-run website allowing citizens to propose legislation
Many countries have developed electronic databases of public contracting information
Many countries publish the Executive’s Budget Proposal and Audit Report
Many European countries require a showing of harm for unlawful disclosure of information to result in penalties
Many government’s FOI laws give citizens the right to sue the government over freedom of information requests
Many parliaments have institutionalised responsibility for transparency and openness
Mexico has set up a federal institute for access to information (IFAI)
Mexico has transitioned to online asset declaration
Mexico’s access to information law provides for proactive disclosure of information
Moldova publishes government data through an Open Data portal
Moldova will develop an automated information system as part of OGP Action Plan
Mongolia addresses contracting specifically in its Right to Information Law
Montenegro developed a mobile app to allow citizens to report local problems
More than 600 government organizations in India have issued Citizen’s Charters
National Archives Australia supports capability development in the Australian government
National Archives of Australia have developed guidelines on electronic records management
National Archives of the Netherlands has developed a set of functional requirements for information and archives management in government organisations
Nepal has developed an online Aid Management Platform combining government and donor information
Nepal has mapped public contracting data from development projects
Nepal’s Consumer Protection Act protects the rights of consumers
Netherlands has developed an OpenAid portal
New Zealand allows free online access to land information
New Zealand allows voters to register online and provides election results online
New Zealand provides options for improving digital repository in its Digital Continuity Action Plan
New Zealand uses a wide range of mechanisms to seek public input
NGOs can submit complaints to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in South Africa
Norway has developed a digital repository system that meets the highest level of international good practice
Norway’s Statoil publishes all its revenues and payments by country
Open contracting is at the heart of Vietnam’s procurement reform
Peru commits to strengthening the capacity of the Comptroller General to detect possible corruption as part of its OGP Action Plan
Peru reports natural resource transfers to local government online
Privacy Impact Assessments are legally required for e-government programmes in the United States
Romania set up a website for public sector recruitment, to counter corruption
Russia makes summaries of assets disclosures available online
Rwanda has developed a Donor Performance Assessment Framework
Rwanda has embarked on an extensive land tenure reform
Rwanda, Malawi and Nepal are working to integrate their aid information management systems and financial information management systems
Scotland has developed a data strategy for public sector information governed by a ‘data linkage framework’
Serbia, India and Slovenia tops the RTI Rating
Several countries have laws stating that information about corruption, human rights violations, or other crimes may not be classified or withheld
Several countries have mandated their national archives to serve as records authorities
Several countries use the ‘Flexicadastre’ system to create public mining portals
Some countries, such as Canada, have freedom of information ombudsmen with special legal enforcement powers
South Africa invites interested parties to present on budget proposals
South African law covers all whistleblowers from the public and private sectors
South Africa’s electoral commission publishes a report each year and after major elections
South Africa’s Independent Election Commission maintains committees to liaise with political parties
South Africa’s right to information law covers both public and private bodies
South Korea commits to monitoring post-public employment as part of its OGP Action Plan
South Sudan enacted a law that makes confidentiality clauses in petroleum contracts invalid
Spain is implementing a system to ensure aid transparency in line with IATI
Sri Lanka has a Consumer Protection Fund that supports consumer organisations and finances consumer education
Sweden has developed an Open Aid portal
Sweden plans to publish targets and outcomes and evaluations for all aid by 2015
Tanzania commits to making land data publicly available online
Tanzania commits to strengthen asset disclosure regulation as part of its OGP Action Plan
Tanzania promotes citizen’s awareness of the national budget
Tanzania uses open data and citizen feedback to improve water services
Tanzanian authorities work alongside CoST to ensure high levels of scrutiny in the construction sector
Tanzania’s OGP Action Plan includes a commitment to encourage donors to exercise greater transparency
Thailand requires environmental information to be proactively released
The Argentinean Chamber of Deputies collaborates with parliamentary monitoring organisations on transparency
The Australian Election Commission tenders all contracts over $10,000 through and open online system
The Australian Inspector General of Intelligence and Security oversees Australian intelligence agencies
The Australian state of New South Wales opened up its draft open data policy to comments on the web
The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has an open data standard
The City Council of Enschede passed a motion recognizing the importance of reusable open data and encouraging citizen participation
The City of Montreal publishes open data related to municipal contract awards
The city of Oakland drafted their open data policy using a collaborative method involving open, online comments and public meetings
The code for the UK Government’s GOV.uk platform was released on github
The Congressional Budget Office in the United States offers credible and impartial support to legislators across party lines
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will conduct public hearings on the design of foreign aid programmes
The data protection framework of Uruguay has been accredited by the EU as providing adequate protection
The Dominican Republic committed to enact the law on personal data protection as part of its OGP Action Plan
The Dominican Republic is committed to passing an asset declaration law as part of its OGP Action Plan
The EU has released data on fishing subsidies amounting to 1 billion Euros
The European DIGIWHIST project will bring together different datasets relevant to public contracting with the aim to empower society to combat public sector corruption
The European Parliament has provided open source access to its legislative mark-up tool
The European Parliament runs live chats on Facebook with MEPs
The Finnish Parliament works with external groups to engage citizens
The fisheries authorities of Madagascar publish complete details of fishing licences in local newspapers
The Flemish government’s open data policy that makes open-by-default the standard
The Government of Australia has adopted a digital transition policy
The Government of Canada established a new policy on information management in 2007
The government of Canada has published overall intelligence spending levels
The government of Chile has published 1,003 datasets
The Government of Macedonia includes a commitment to implement its Strategy for Cooperation with the Civil Sector as part of its OGP Plan.
The government of New Zealand publishes regular updates on cases of illegal fishing
The government of Peru has committed to strengthen extractive industry transparency
The government of the Netherlands has published overall intelligence spending levels
The Government of the Philippines promotes consumer rights through various initiatives
The government of the UK has published overall intelligence spending levels
The government of Vietnam has provided sustained high-level political support to the CoST initiative
The Indian Right to Information Act lists the types of information that must be published on a proactive basis
The Italian Senate has adopted standards based on the Akoma Ntoso format
The Land Registry for England and Wales has opened up its public data for free use and re-use
The Mexican government has established an outreach partnership with local NGOs
The Mexican Senate is translating parliamentary documents to indigenous languages
The Mexican Senate’s Transparency Committee has developed a workplan on parliamentary openness
The monthly criminal intelligence gazette is published by the West Bengal police
The National Archives of Australia is supporting capacity building across the Government of Australia
The National Archives of Malaysia has introduced an electronic records management and archives management policy
The National Audit Office in the UK audited government data holdings and released a report on their findings to the public
The Netherlands publishes citizen input in strategic environmental assessment as part of the public record
The New South Wales government has a strategy to ensure the protection and management of digital government records
The New Zealand Parliament provides easy access to most relevant information on its website
The Peruvian Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information contains extensive proactive publication obligations
The Philippines Commission on Elections maintains rules on conflict of interest
The Philippines Commission on Elections publishes invitations to bid on procurement projects
The Philippines has established special courts for environmental cases
The Philippines uses the VGGT to define long term land priorities
The Queensland State Archives has developed guidelines to assist public authorities to plan for the introduction of an electronic document and records management system
The Scottish Parliament has developed a series of Key Principles that guide the practices of parliament and the work of MPs
The Senate of Italy publishes legislative data on its own open data portal
The Swedish government is committed to improve dialogue with civil society on aid management and implementation
The Swedish parliament reaches out to citizens in a variety of ways
The Swedish Parliament’s website is easy to use and provides the public with a range of information
The Tanzanian Records and Archives Management Act empowers the national archives to set standards for managing public records
The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows users of its website to view candidate finances
The U.S. Government has released its full list of published and unpublished data holdings
The U.S. House of Representatives has clearly defined its standards for posting electronic information
The UK Companies House makes company information available to the public
The UK conducts annual surveys of experience and attitudes to crime
The UK Electoral Commission and Parliamentary Ombudsman provide complaints mechanisms
The UK established a new integrity package for the police in 2012
The UK government is working with industry to release more data back to consumers
The UK government published guidelines on the use of unique resource identifiers
The UK Government supports the Get Safe Online advice site
The UK government works with CoST as part of its programme for reducing the costs of infrastructure projects
The UK Government’s Aid Transparency Guarantee sets standards for transparency in aid
The UK has committed to publish aid information from all UK government departments who spend overseas development assistance
The UK has created guidance for public authorities in establishing their own records management policies
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has developed a set of training materials for use in the public sector
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has developed a set of training materials for use in the public sector
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published a booklet about protecting personal information
The UK is developing a new format for capturing data from publicly funded construction projects through the CoST initiative
The UK National Archives makes a range of legislative documents available on its legislation.gov.uk website
The UK National Audit Office publishes reports on its oversight of MOD budgeting and contracting
The UK Parliament has developed an app that enables citizens to view the parliamentary agenda on the iPad
The UK Parliament’s Educational Service provides a range of opportunities for youth education
The UK publishes quarterly and annual reports on the number of FOI requests, response and appeals
The United Arab Emirates is working with the International Council on Archives to develop an international archives centre of excellence in Abu Dhabi
The United Kingdom has passed a law requiring all listed companies to disclose payments to governments on a project by project basis
The United Kingdom has produced guidance on managing the continuity of datasets
The United States has developed discretionary record-keeping standards which include metadata schemas
The US city of Chicago is developing contract provisions to promote open data in technology related procurements
The US Congress is developing an online crowdsourcing legislative platform
The US Department of Justice Office of Information Policy regularly conducts training sessions on all aspects of freedom of information
The US EDGAR system allows anyone to access and download company information for free
The US FACTA legislation is laying the groundwork for an international system of automatic information exchange
The US Federal Register website provides information on citizen rights and obligations and actions of federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process
The US Federal Trade Commission publishes five year strategic plans
The US government has published overall intelligence spending levels
The US Library of Congress has launched a challenge to help improve Akoma Ntoso’s support of US and UK legislative data
The US National Archives and Records Management Administration (NARA) offers comprehensive records management instructions to federal employees and contractors
The US White House requires predicable URLs for committee documents and data
The USA publishes annual Wiretap reports
The website of the Korean National Assembly provides information about its work
The www.police.uk website provides street level information about crime and justice outcomes
The ‘Congress app’ provides profiles of all members of the U.S. Congress and updates on congressional action
The ‘Voice of the Consumer’ project in Georgia gives consumers a participatory tool for improving services
Thirty-eight countries reported on their military expenditures to the United Nations in 2013
Transparency in public contracting is written into the South African Constitution
Trinidad and Tobago uses stakeholder forums and Facebook to gather budget input
Trinidad and Tobago’s Heritage and Stabilisation Fund publishes quarterly reports
Uganda has launched an online portal to support citizens’ right to information
Ukraine announced that it would implement the EITI
Ukraine has launched a multi-stakeholder open contracting reform
Ukraine will amend its law on asset disclosure as part of its OGP Action Plan
Vietnam’s procurement law defines requirements related to publication and confidentiality