Open government is a broad concept that involves multiple dimensions, and it is easily declined in a variety of definitions. The OECD defines it as “a culture of governance based on innovative and sustainable public policies and practices inspired by the principles of transparency, accountability, and participation that fosters democracy and inclusive growth”.
Generally speaking, new technologies and digital transformation are key aspects leading to open government, boosting data and information availability, while fostering new ways of shared decision making. In light of this, the AVATAR Project, a partnership between 12 medium and small size towns committed to open government, has been established to promote the culture of open-data and spread the use of digital public services among citizens. By overcoming the traditional administrative boundaries, the 24 month project has seen an intense collaboration among each municipality acting as a “smart community” aimed at fostering the digital culture for citizens, firms and civil society
Register to the international event: “Open Government and smart communities ” on 24-27 May in Schio (Italy)
ALDA, through its operative branch ALDA+ has participated in AVATAR organizing more than 100 events in the target area and coordinating the project in collaboration with local authorities, civil society organization and a variety of stakeholders from different sectors: school and education, ICT firms, and informal group of citizens.
Now it is time to bring AVATAR on another level: join the international event on 24-27 May in Schio (Italy), to learn, to share experiences and practices, hopefully leading to greater coordination and harmonization of activities and practices, while benefitting not only the implementation of the project per se, but also the involvement of citizens of small and medium sized cities.
Hence, partners think that AVATAR will gain great value with the contribution and commitment of EU
actors who believe in the powerful opportunity of digitalization as a mean to:
- improve, reinforce and enlarge participation in local self-government;
- promote a consistent, transparent and efficient relationship between citizens, civil society organization, local stakeholders and public administrations, according to the Council of Europe 12 principles of Good Governance.