Category:Guidebook This is also being drafted with a google doc on the Open Government Initiative group.

Open Information

Summary: Ensure vital government information is available in a consistent, complete, and easily discoverable form. Establish a process to make all public information online by default (See POIA). Help bootstrap this with Open FOIA (aka Public Records Act) - online postings of all FOIA requests & responses.

Vital Information

Provide interfaces for vital information

Open Stat

Budget, spending, performance, and citizen input dashboards - to track efficiency, accountability, and participation. This should also include a dashboard for implementation status of each module of opengov initiative itself - likely a separate module

Open Directory

A public directory of all civil servants (or senior staff + political appointees) and offices with links for engagement (eg social media accounts). This will also include an organization chart. Ideally this is also interfaced with representatives and a means for citizens to lookup their specific representative, but with coordination and consideration of the separation of powers.

Open Representation

Open information on representatives, candidates, voting history, ballots, and other election information. (Linked with Open Directory above)

Open Notifications


Open Events

Government calendar of schedules for public officials and public events with video streams and participation information. Ideally applies to all branches of government and relates to existing public meetings policy - maybe a separate module - at least as it relates to public meetings law.

All Public Information

Expand access to all public information


A system by which the public can see which FOIA requests have been made and their status as well as access completed FOIA requests. OpenFOIA prioritizes and streamlines data for an open data catalog and is ultimately intended to make reactive FOIA obsolete.

Open Data Catalog

A catalog by which people can search through all public data, rate it and use it. Privacy/qualification/prioritization rubric as separate module. Quality rating system disclosed so quality/completeness should not prevent release. Census geo data as good example of well disclosed limited quality not hindering huge value.

Open Interfaces

Web Services/APIs. Accessibility, timeliness, read/writeness

Access to the source code of gov: the laws! Coordinated with consideration of the separation of powers:

Open Law

A consolidated listing of established legal codes and other laws or legal proceedings.

Open Legislation

Provide an interface to see current legislation and activities of legislative committees.

These government bodies should also be applicable under participation to help connect constituents with opportunities to engage with issues & legislation in development.

Participation & Collaboration

Summary: Foster public participation and collaborative problem solving

Designing OpenGov

A public process to inform the creation, implementation and improvement of the OpenGov initiative itself

Open Feedback/Engagement

Collaborative platforms for ideation, issue reporting, and Q&A. Also consideration of which components of Open Information should be read/write versus read-only. This should also have many features which plug into established democratic processes and components of OpenStat (eg 311)

Foundation Platform

Initial phase and continuous foundation:


General purpose structured feedback for citizens, eg prioritize information release + set flagship (a.) below


General purpose internal + set flagship (b.) below

Flagship Initiatives

These lay framework for setting flagship initiatives:

Citizen Priority

High demand area from citizens. What do citizens most want to engage with the agency on

Internal Priority

High demand area from public servants. What does agency most want to engage with public on

Social Media Policy

Up-to-date policy that encourages appropriate use of 3rd party social media tools by public servants - separate module

Challenges & Partnerships

Ways to engage the public in directly developing government solutions. see White House policy on challenges

Code for Gov

For involving citizens in the development of apps for internal and external use and leveraging read/write apis

Communities of Practice

Coordinated effort to establish or identify & interface with thematic venues for dialog which connect disparate agencies, organizations, and levels of government around shared issues (eg dialog and collaboration between local, state, federal gov + practitioners for specific healthcare policies) - usually this already exists, but important to ensure it’s well organized and actually acted upon.

Accessibility and Efficiency

Summary: Information technology guidelines to provide maximal accessibility to government information and maximal inclusion for both citizens and public servants while simultaneously producing cost savings and performance gains.

Public Inclusion

Civic Accessibility Toolkit

For (offline forums, outreach, broadband & net access, libraries, schools, universities, 508, digital divide mitigation) - separate module

Open Source Software

For procurement and contributing back to communities. -separate module

Open Standards and interoperability

separate module

Open Licenses

separate module

Civic App Store

(both internal and external)


Shared Services

And Software as a Service (SaaS)

Cloud Computing