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Linked Open Data can help governments serve citizens more efficiently

Following the Flemish Government’s strategy to become more digital in order to be closer to its citizens, researchers from iMinds joined the new project ‘Local Decisions as Linked Open Data’.

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Their groundbreaking methodology aims to promote the publishing of local decisions as Linked Open Data, as a way to foster government transparency and allow administrations to serve their citizens more quickly and efficiently.

Publishing Local Governement’s Decisions

iMinds’ research groups Data Science Lab and MICT from Ghent University are developing a method to publish local governments’ decisions in a structured and integrated manner – Linked Open Data – so that they can be exchanged between different local authorities automatically. This enables the reuse of the available information, thus lowering administrative overhead, simplifying decision-making processes and policy planning and providing better and more efficient services to citizens.

Testing Integrability in Living Labs

During the first stage of the project the research team will study the feasibility of applying this methodology in the publication of local decisions, taking into account factors such as the integrability of possible solutions in local processes and their associated costs. The process will then be developed for a limited number of local decisions and tested using a Living Labs context.

Linked Data

Linked Data is a method of publishing structured data online in a format that can be read and interpreted by both people and automated systems. This approach allows for available information to be automatically interlinked with other related data, through the use of standard web formats such as HTML and URIs.

About the project

"Local decisions as linked open data" is a project of ‘Agentschap Binnenlands Bestuur’ (the Flemish Agency for Domestic Governance) and is part of ‘Vlaanderen Radicaal Digitaal’ and the broader transition of the agency towards an administration with a greater focus on policy development in terms of a better administrative organization of the government in Flanders. The project runs from 15/10/2015 - 30/06/2016.

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