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Ireland publishes new eGovernment strategy

Open Data is one of the priorities in 2017-2020 strategy

The Irish government is to develop a central gateway for eGovernment services, offering an easy way to access services from across the country's public administrations. The 'Digital Service Gateway' is one of ten priorities set out in the eGovernment Strategy 2017 - 2020, published on 27 July. Other priorities include continued development of the Open Data portal.

As highlighted in the strategy text, the gateway will offer high quality services that are secure, reliable and easy to use. "The expectations of our people are very clear in terms of more convenient, intuitive and joined-up digital services; delivering on these expectations will be one of my key priorities going forward", says Patrick O'Donovan - Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment in a statement published upon the release of the eGovernment strategy.

Ireland also wants to develop a National Data Infrastructure, to improve its data-sharing capabilities. This is to standardise the collection, processing, classification, storage, transmission of and access to key Government data assets. It will include a set of principles, standards, codes, policies, systems and infrastructures overseen by an appropriate governance model. The continued development of the Irish Open Data portal is one of the priorities included in the new strategy.

Curious to know more about the latest eGovernment and Open Data developments in Ireland? The press release and the eGovernment Strategy 2017-2020 are available online.