efforts in open data have largely been sequential and benefited little from involvement of non-government actors. This has left a vacuum in advancing an OGD agenda whose objectives and potential impacts would be shared and understood by all actors. This is the main conclusion from the 'Open Government Data Review of Poland' recently published by the OECD.
As a result, Poland currently trails the OECD's OURdata Index on open, useful, and re-usable government data.
Read more: OECD: Polish OGD agenda ambitious but lacks implementation
Earlier this month, the Open Data Institute held its Open Data Awards ceremony at Bloomberg's London office, where ODI founders Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt presented this year's winners.
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have decided to cooperate on their open government strategies and implementations. To begin with, they will share their national OGP work and jointly promote open data.
Last month, the European Commission approved the Italian National Operational Plan (NOP) "Governance and Institutional Capacity 2014-2020". According to Innovators PA, the "Network for Innovation in the Italian Public Administration" funded by the Department of Public Administration, the principles and instruments of the new plan are based on open government. Transparency, open data, participation, citizen engagement, risk management, preventing and combating corruption, and whistle-blowing (specifically in public procurement) are the main themes.
Read more: National Operational Plan aims to modernise Italian government
Three municipalities in Montenegro, Budva, Danilovgrad and Zabljak, have taken the lead in eliminating deficiencies in regulatory and administrative procedures at local level. Citizens and businesses are now able to report problems and barriers on the web site prijavibarijeru.me, along with proposed solutions and an indication of the institution responsible.
Read more: Montenegrin municipalities break down regulatory and administrative barriers