Horizon 2020 Projects Co-Create for Open eGovernance Innovation
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Horizon 2020 Projects Co-Create for Open eGovernance Innovation

by maxkortlander   |   15 Jan, 2018

Horizon 2020 is an EU research and innovation fund that promotes research and innovation to help to secure Europe’s global competitiveness. Over the past few months, project Clarity has been hosting interviews with other Horizon 2020 projects from around Europe in the field of digital public services to learn about how they are contributing to open governance.


The digital revolution has made it possible for citizens to become active and involved in government processes in ways that are now taking shape across a number of fields. In an upcoming blog series, we will take a look at a number of diverse digital projects, how they are engaging citizens, and how they are working to foster openness in cities, regions, and countries across Europe.

The projects we interviewed are involved in a diverse range of domains. Some aim to deepen the involvement of particular groups, like the elderly or the youth, in public participation. Others aim to make data more available or easier to use for citizens and journalists. And others specialize in improving aspects of disciplines such as agriculture, healthcare, and sustainable energy.

These projects have two common elements. First, and most importantly, is that they are working to develop more open governments. Secondly, in nearly every case, they are doing so through digital innovation which is developed through open consultation and co-creation.

Open government is a twofold term. On one hand, and perhaps most obviously, an open government is one that is transparent and open with its data and processes in a way that is available and accessible to its citizens. Perhaps less obvious, however, is the notion that an open government is collaborative. In this sense, an open government is one that is constantly open to collaboration in the form of feedback, input, and co-creation with its citizens.

Co-creation was mentioned as a crucial aspect of open government in nearly every interview we held. Tools, platforms, and services that aid in open processes must be open themselves. For this reason, co-creation was considered as a fundamental building block of almost all of these projects.

In the forthcoming weeks, we will be presenting a series of blogs that highlight these various projects, what they are accomplishing, and how they are working alongside citizens to develop a more open and innovative Europe.

 
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