From eGov to Open Government: better services through transparency and participation within an Open Data strategy


eGovernment is a strategy to provide administration services online, so-called digital government. Yet; the number of services online is not a measure of success, and the real issue is how to provide better services to citizens. With Open Data as a first step towards more transparency, one can start implementing Open Government strategies to ensure more participation and accessibility for everyone. Open Government is not only about providing more Open Data sets through something like, it is really about making sure “Government is where people are !”. During this session, we’ll explore some aspects of Open Government and their impact on the democratic processes. We’ll debate also on empowering the administration to use social media tools and connect with external communities gathering citizen-generated information. Recent improvement of the French, allowing user-generated content to be stored along public data is one example of this social move.

The panel members are:

  • Philippe Laurent (Legal)
  • Philippe Allard (Local Community and implementation of Open Data for Citizens)
  • Philippe Verstichel (Sociological and strategic aspects)
  • Jean-Yves Huwart (Moderator)

Jean-Yves Huwart

Mr. Jean-Yves Huwart

Global Enterprise

CEO Global Enterprise

Philippe Allard

Mr. Philippe Allard

Project manager at GIAL

Philippe Laurent

Mr. Philippe Laurent


Lawyer at the Brussels Bar – Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Parners Legal Trainer – LegalICT

Philippe Verstichel

Mr. Philippe Verstichel


International Management Consultant