Closing Conference

Open Government Data for Citizen Participation

On Thursday 16 & Friday 17 June 2022 the research group Citizen Friendly Data Communication from Tilburg Law School will host a conference in the LocHal in Tilburg. The topic of the conference is Open Government Data for Citizen Participation.

The conference is free to attend and there is a possibility for a reimbursement of travel costs (get in touch with Shirley Kempeneer for more information on reimbursement). Submit your abstract to Shirley Kempeneer before May 1st 2022.


The conference will consist of an international seminar for academics (Thursday and Friday morning), followed by a (Dutch-speaking) symposium (Friday) for academics and professionals on the new Dutch Open Government Act (Wet open overheid). During the conference we want to connect professionals and researchers to brainstorm from different angles of expertise about what it means to have citizen-friendly information provision and data communication with governments.

We will also be hosting a special issue in Information Polity on the topic of Open Government Data for Citizen Participation. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in this special issue. More information here.

Thursday June 16th program

Open Government Data for Citizen Participation

In recent years, the Open Government Data (OGD) movement has gained traction globally (Andraško & Mesarčík, 2018; Moon, 2019). Among other objectives, OGD is expected to strengthen transparency and democratic processes through increased citizen participation (Gil-Garcia et al., 2020). However, ‘opening up’ data does not automatically lead to informed citizens, who feel empowered by information and are able to hold policy makers accountable based on this information (Meijer et al., 2012). It seems probable that the way in which information is shared will have an impact on the level and quality of citizen participation.

On Thursday June 16th, the conference will host several panels discussing interactively working papers submitted by participants on a range of topics related to open government and citizen participation. Papers submitted for the conference may include, but are not limited to:

  • State-of-the-art academic thinking about the relation between open government data, transparency, and the different levels of citizen participation;
  • Case studies of the drivers and barriers that public sector organizations face in ‘opening up’ data in a citizen friendly way;
  • Theoretical and practical explorations on citizen-friendly data communication and data visualization;
  • Historical accounts of the relation between open government data, transparency and citizen participation/empowerment;
  • Analyses of legal frameworks involving open government data and data re-use from the perspective of citizen participation;
  • Mechanisms and measures for assessing open government data impacts on citizen participation;
  • Theoretical and empirical analyses of approaches to open government data that enhance citizen understanding

Friday June 17th Program

The WOO (Dutch Open Government Act) game changer for public administration and citizens

On Friday June 17th, there will be contributions from both academics and practitioners, in Dutch and English. The morning program will include a keynote by Jonathan Gray, and a reflection on the Open Government Act. After lunch there will be two blocks of three parallel workshops organized in several thematic tracks. This will be followed by a round table and an end of conference drinks reception. More information about the Dutch spoken program here.

Key dates and deadlines for the academic program

  • May 1 2022: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • June 1 2022: Working Paper Submission Deadline
  • June 16 & 17: Conference in LocHal Tilburg



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Should governments share more data

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