The Open Semantic Framework is a proven platform for open government. Open government is a doctrine that citizens have the right to access the documents, information and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight. Open government ranges from open access and televising events to the release of datasets and documents, and at scales from the international to the national, state, regional, and local. Further, the crowdsourcing of information — such as upcoming events or notifications about potholes or barking dogs — can improve citizen involvement and governmental results.
Unfortunately, to date, most efforts in open government have only offered the publishing of minutes and entire datasets. When published, they are often provided without adequate description or definitions, and nearly always lack connections between datasets and often lack search or filtering functions.
Leading innovators from the World Bank to the City of Winnipeg, however, are showing there are better ways to leverage existing information assets, in the process fostering engagement with constituencies. Datasets from global trade to local parks and zoos, among scores of other examples, have been shown they can be brought together, correlated via meaningful connections, and effectively viewed and managed with easy-to-use widgets.
One exemplar of the use of OSF for open government is provided via the Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg (NOW) project.