Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government

Delft University of Technology launches Massive Open
Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government

While governments all over the world aim to become more
open and transparent, opening the government is a complex and challenging
problem. How can governments become more open and transparent, while
simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How
can open government data be made available to improve public policy making?
Which technologies are available to make governments more open and to use open
government data?

We at Delft University of Technology will be teaching a
free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government soon. The MOOC
starts on April 17, 2016, and will run for 5 weeks. Enrolment for our MOOC is
possible now via
An informative video about the MOOC is available at

This Open Government MOOC is aimed at university
students, professionals, government officials, policy advisors and
researchers,  but is open to anyone
interested in Open Government. It will help participants grasp the key
principles of open government, and answers questions like: 'What are the best
practices for opening governments? And how to give citizens access to
governmental data to answer their questions?' Most importantly, participants
will apply the topics of the course to concrete cases.

What participants will learn:

·       Basic
concepts related to Open Government and Open Government Data

·       How to
analyze and discuss benefits, barriers and potential negative effects of a
particular open government case

·       How to
analyze public values and best practices related to open government

·       How to
apply the open government principles in various situations

·       To
understand potential negative and positive effects Open Government might bring

This MOOC includes lectures by:

·       Prof.
Marijn Janssen - Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Head of ICT
section and professor in ICT and governance

·       Dr. Anneke
Zuiderwijk - Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Researcher in
Open Data

·       Dr.
Bastiaan van Loenen - Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands,
Associate Professor in geo-information and land development

·       Dr. Tomasz
Janowski, United Nations University, Portugal, head of United Nations
University, Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance

·       Prof. Keith
Jeffery, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, professor in Computer Science
& Informatics

·       Dr. Amr Ali
Eldin, Leiden University, The Netherlands, senior lecturer in Computer Science
and Information Technology

·       Dr. Iryna
Susha, Örebro University, Sweden and guest at Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands, postdoctoral researcher on data collaboratives