Vorlesung Open Government


Lecture in the course of the Summer Academy 2012

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Maria A. Wimmer

In Curriculum: Master of Information Management (IM), Information Systems (WI), Computer Science (Inf) -> Applications of eGovernment (Anwendungen der Verwaltungsinformatik - Teilmodul WIMW04-V), Lecture with 2 SWS & 3 ECTS.

Examination: oral exam for those who need 3 ECTS, including credits from exercises along the lecture.

For the students who need 6 ECTS for the module WIMW04, a subsequent seminar is offered. Examination will then consist of a seminal work, presentation and exercises along the lecture. The kick-off of the seminar is on 20th July, 15:15 - 16:45.

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Aims and content of the lecture

  • Introduction to public governance and open government, including distinction from related fields
  • Breadth and depth of open government and good governance
  • Theories, methods and concepts for realising good governance and open government
  • Trust and Transparency, and relevant instruments of citizen participation and citizen engagement to ensure transparency and trust in government
  • Evaluation and assessment of good governance principles and open government along cases
  • Methods and instruments to introduce open government and good governance principles in e-government and e-participation and to conceptualize respective projects of open government and citizen co-creation endeavours

Skills and knowledge to be acquired

Students attending this course will

  • be knowledgeable about open government, including the principles of good governance and open government.
  • be able to distinguish the fields e-government, e-participation, public governance and open government.
  • know the theories, methods and concepts for realising open government
  • know instruments of citizen participation and citizen engagement to ensure transparency and trust in government and how these instruments can be introduced in e-government and e-participation projects.
  • know the different fields of open government, including open government data and government 2.0 initiatives
  • be able to evaluate and assess how well e-government and e-participation endeavours implement good governance principles, and to argue where the endeavours fail.
  • know means and instruments to introduce open government and good governance principles in e-government and e-participation
  • know the principles and means to conceptualise open government and citizen co-creation endeavours

Guest lecture on 17th July, 10.15 - 11.45 in Room G 310

Guest: Marcus Gross, IBM

Marcus Gross is working as IBM Sales Leader for Advanced Case Management (ACM) and Content Analytics (ICA) for IBM SWG, IMT Germany. He is focused on Business Development of Enterprise Content Management solutions x-Industry including Government. At last he worked as Public Sector Solutions Sales Leader for IBM SWG in Central Eastern Europe. Marcus Gross has more than 14 years of experience in ECM in Public Sector in working for international consultancy companies like Pricewaterhouse Coopers and IBM Global Business Services outside from Germany and was engaged in european and worldwide Government Engagement on federal and national level. He is working closely with the Public Sector Industry Solutions team, Worldwide ECM Industry marketing team and major Public Sector Business Partners lastly in the CEE region.

Title of guest presentation

Opening Up Government: How to unleash the power of information


The Open paradigm has gained momentum as more citizens and business leaders become convinced of necessity of being open and the power of enabling people to unleash the value of information in support of better outcomes. This lecture will be about a changing style of public administration and its implications for government, its leaders and citizens. In addition IBMs Open Government Implementation Model for guiding govern¬ment agencies towards open government will be introduced. Finally IBM provides a comprehensive set of Smarter government solutions based on the Enterprise Content Management Portfolio to unleash the value of information and to support transpareny, participation and collaboration. A selection of worldwide Open Government engagements in different Governmental institutions will be introduced.

Slides and further material

Slides are available in the SVN of the lecture.


Dawes. S.S., and Helbig, N. (2010). Information Strategies for Open Government: Challenges and Prospects for Deriving Public Value from Government Transparency. In M.A. Wimmer et al. (Eds.): Electronic Government, EGOV 2010, LNCS 6228, pp. 50–60
European Commission. Good Governance Principles. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en /com/2001/com2001_0428en01.pdf
OECD. Open Government: Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society. OECD Study, 2003
OECD good governance reviews - see http://www.oecd.org/document/28/0,3746,en_2649_37405_45625948_1_1_1_37405,00.html
OECD. Focus on Citizens: Public Engagement for Better Policy and Services. OECD Studies on Public Engagement, OECD Publishing, 2009
Maria A. Wimmer. Open Government in Policy Development: From Collaborative Scenario Texts to Formal Policy Models. In Natarajan, R. and Ojo, A. (eds.): ICDCIT 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (# 6536), Springer-Verlag: Berlin Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 76–91.

Journals and e-government glossary

List of journals

E-Government Glossary