On 11 November the annual meeting of the Open Government Community in Germany's federal state of North Rheine-Westphalia (NRW) took place in the city of Wuppertal. This was the seventh meeting of a series that gathers Open Data enthusiasts, public administrations active at the local level, as well as other Open Data stakeholders for an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities of Open Government at local level.
The Offene Kommunen.NRW (Open Municipality.NRW) Barcamp was organised by the Open.NRW Head Office and provided the opportunity for participants to exchange views on the planned Open Data legislation in the federal State of NRW. The planned legislation aims to boost Open Data publication within the public administrations at regional and local level and foster innovation as well increase openness and transparency in NRW. The Barcamp represented the first step in the broader process of developing the legislation. The suggestions collected from the barcamp participants will be evaluated and incorporated in the first draft of the legislative text. In addition, an email address was set up where citizens can send further suggestions.
More highlights from the 7th Edition of the Offene Kommunen.NRW Barcamp as well as more information on the Open Data legislation can be found on the Open.NRW portal here. The full report of the event can be found here.