Open Government Collaboration

Opportunities and Challenges of Open Collaboration With and Within Government
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Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 4)

Abstract

This chapter will introduce the concept of open government collaboration (OGC), based on a discussion about the new possibilities for collaboration that arise from the recent developments of Web 2.0 technologies. OGC enables governments to include citizens in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policy-making and to co-operate with other administrational units. There are ten major areas of application for open collaboration in government, e.g. crowdfunding or the collaborative fulfilment of public functions. In order to arise to its full potential, OGC needs a comprehensive implementation strategy based on a powerful vision, which establishes guidelines and structures, discusses potential fears and secures the necessary funding. When undertaken wholeheartedly, OGC can lead to significant improvements of administrative efficiency, and a more democratic and resilient political system with high problem-solving capabilities, which is characterised by a well-balanced and well-functioning relationship between citizens and their government.

Keywords

Open government Open government collaboration e-participation Collaboration e-collaboration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair for Public Sector Informatics, Zeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany

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