The Development of Open Data in The Netherlands

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Open data in The Netherlands dates back to the 1990s when the Ministry of Internal Affairs published the memorandum‘Towards accessibility of government
information’. More than two decades later, open data in The Netherlands has matured with the assignment of a responsible Ministry for open data, an open data vision and an open data action plan. The scope of government data that should or could be provided as open data was extended from only basic information of the democratic constitutional state, to public data available in electronic format, to a policy of all data publicly accessible, unless. This has resulted in usage statistics of several billion hits per year for some datasets. However, there are still a significant number of Dutch government datasets waiting to be reused. These are unknown to many, including government. Others are well known but financial interests of government, technical and legal barriers, among others, frustrate their reuse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Data Exposed
EditorsBastiaan Van Loenen, Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Joep Crompvoets
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherTMC Asser Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6265-261-3
ISBN (Print)978-94-6265-260-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameInformation Technology and Law Series
PublisherTMC Asser presss


  • open data
  • Netherlands

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