Innovation Partner | Open Data

Founded in 2001, The Flemish Organization for ICT in Local Government represents the local government information managers in Flanders.  V-ICT-OR provides a forum for local government agencies to exchange IT best practices that enhance the delivery of government services.  Our international affiliations ensure a global perspective that enables diversity of opinions and experiences. Our membership includes ICT- and   GIS-professional across Flanders.  Our international affiliates come from USA, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

V-ICT-OR is in the domain of e-Government leading in the sense that several initiatives have found its way to all municipalities in Flanders. Examples are the work on the most reprentative knowledge platform for local authorities on GIS and information management (KPLO), shared services on ‘government products’ (IPDC) and security policy benchmarking. Since 2008 V-ICT-OR participates in e-Government projects. It is Partner in the Citadel... on the move. Unleashing the power of mobile technology and open access data to tap into the innovation potential of citizens to deliver smarter city services. Together with The Flemish E-Government coördination Unit is it founded the most representative knowled platform on Open Data for the public sector in Belgium. Several of its employees have an extensive background in e-government and information architecture. 

V-ICT-OR was the founder of the e-government council’, supported by a standardisation consortium ‘OSLO’ with stakeholders representation from the public, private and the academic (IBBT Multimedia Lab) sector. Together with the central governents and most representative membership organisations of local adinistration, the council was established in januari  2012 to develop a generic data standard for local authorities and  implement a more rational, interoptable e-government. 

No significant open government data policy without open standards. V-ICT-OR believes that interoptability at the level of the the mid-office and an information policy are the key to adoption of the open data philosophy by the local governments.  Open Government Data Standards will allow data to be Complete, Primary and Timely.

  • Complete. All public data is made available. Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security, or privilege limitations.
  • Primary. Data is collected as close as possible to the sources, with the highest possible level of granularity.
  • Timely. Data is made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.

V-ICT-OR is convinced that Open data will lead to a more transparent, accountable and efficient government and can create social and economic value.