NI Open Gov

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network is a loose alliance of individual citizens and representatives of voluntary/community organisations aiming to engage in dialogue with the NI Executive to campaign for a more open form of government. We want government to be more transparent, participatory and accountable to the people it serves.

We aim to use the international Open Government Partnership as a vehicle to achieve this objective and are making links with similar civil society networks in the UK and Ireland.



Job Opportunity: NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator

17th December 2020
A highly motivated, committed and competent individual is required to support Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN). The main purpose of this role is: Coordinate and lead the delivery of the NIOGN Open Local Government project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Provide support to the wider work of NIOGN, including communications, event organisation…
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Northern Ireland Joins Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

20th October 2020
The government of Northern Ireland has been selected to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government. As a new member of OGP, Northern Ireland will work with local civil society organizations and other OGP members to advance the…
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Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Director to the Board

1st July 2020
The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the board of directors. The Board provides strategic leadership to the organisation, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. Directors will proactively work to…
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Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Treasurer & Director to the Board

1st July 2020
The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the Board of Directors. We are particularly keen to involve a new Treasurer, who will fulfil an office bearer role alongsinde the Chair and the Secretary. The Board provides strategic leadership to the…
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COVID-19: What is the role of Open Government?

30th April 2020
From the Board of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network Part 1 – Transparency in a Time of Crisis What is the role of Open Government while we face an unprecedented crisis? The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our normal way of life; it is placing substantial strain on the fabric of government, public services and…
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Light and Shadows: The RHI Scandal and the Temptations of Secrecy

27th February 2020
This article was originally published in The Political Quarterly on 20 January 2020. Marilyn Stathern, in her famous article on the ‘Tyranny of transparency’, asked: ‘what does visibility conceal’?  While openness can shed light on some areas, it can also create shadows and shade to hide in. One of the biggest fears for transparency campaigners…
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NIOGN Statement on the “New Decade, New Approach” deal to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly

10th January 2020
The Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) cautiously welcomes the proposed document ‘New Decade, New Approach’ from the British and Irish Governments. The aspirations set out in ‘New Decade, New Approach’ could change many lives, the document outlines some major proposals and could have a positive impact on the culture of politics in Northern Ireland,…
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OGP Webinar on Opening Justice

27th November 2019
Join OGP on Friday, December 6th for a webinar on opening justice! Justice is an emerging area in open government. Thanks to increased global activity around access to justice, there is growing interest by many governments and civil society organizations to better link justice with open government, and to use the OGP platform as a…
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NI Department of Finance opens £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data

25th November 2019
Colm Burns, Chair of The Northern Ireland Open Government Network and Sue Gray, Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal. Organisations and individuals hosting engagement…
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Open Gov Week 2020

21st November 2019
The Open Government Partnership has announced that Open Gov Week 2020 will take place on May 3-10. Open Gov Week is a global call to action intended to promote democracy, foster inclusion and improve governance.  The week brings together changemakers, thinkers, and doers from in and out of government to listen to each other’s ideas,…
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