The Development of Open Government Data in Austria

The Development of Open Government Data in Austria

Johann Höchtl (Danube University Krems, Austria), Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, Austria) and Florian Sedy (Danube University Krems, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6236-0.ch002
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Open Government Data has become an integral part for European governments at all federal levels. However, varying jurisdictions and government structures have also contributed to different operational models. The UK is pursuing a more central approach, expressing political will through its prime minister and with the ODI providing the technical and organisational framework. Austria is a much more federated country, yet also on the edge of OGD. This chapter presents the inception of OGD in Austria, the informal approach of OGD consensus finding, OGD specifications, organisational setting, and harmonisation approaches in the DACH and pan-European region.
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Cooperation Ogd Austria

The federal co-operation on E-Government issues in Austria has a long history and goes beyond legal obligations between the state, provinces, cities and municipalities. The platform “Digital Austria” ( was specifically created to coordinate the co-operation of E-Government affairs between these administrative entities. This formal structure was successful in working out specifications in the area of E-Government. However, when incepting the OGD process in Austria, concerns about the relatively inflexible structure of the E-Government processes resulting from a hierarchical system were raised. Open Government initiatives are often bottom-up and difficulties are solved in a cooperative working process, sometimes lacking political legitimation (Teorell, 2006, p. 789).

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