IGF 2018 WS #70 Open data in France – a more open Government through opening

Organizer 1: Niels Braley, Sciences Po Lille (university)
Organizer 2: Amélie Banzet, Etalab

Speaker 1: Amélie Banzet, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Maud CHOQUET, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Niels Braley, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)



Online Moderator





Flash Session - 30 Min


As a senior public servant engaged in transparency and open government with a strong international background, Amélie BANZET will provide the attendance with a detailed analysis of the concrete effects the open data has and could have in the future on a more open government. Maud CHOQUET, a former counsellor to the then Minister of State to the Digital affairs Axelle Lemaire, will detail her views on the French open data policy and legal frame. As an experienced jurist, she can give useful insights on the legal design of such policies as she contributed to the writing of the most important Digital bill of Law within the last ten years. Niels BRALEY is a recently graduated student in public affairs and a junior public servant involved in the Government's digital transformation. His participation will bring a fresh look on the French approach on transparency especially through international comparisons. As a former MPA student at Dalhousie University in Canada, he kept a strong transatlantic view on how to shape the future of governance and is a proponent of a more open data and internet governance worldwide.


The gender imbalance is designed to include involved and talented women within the public service that are acting toward more transparency. The participation of a young public servants is to diversify the analysis by giving another point-of-view to the analysis given by the two main speakers.

The speaker will present the different bricks of the French open data policy as well as its implications on a more open government. Based on dynamic PowerPoint presentation material, this session will first provides the attendants with information and then let them intervene and ask questions. The presentation can be outlined as such: 1. Historical lookback: open data in France since 2011 (6 min) 2. Scalling-up general open governance thanks to open data (7 min) 3. Prospective: the 2018-2020 National Action Plan for Open Government and long-term digital exchanges governance policies (7 min) 4. Open conversation (10 min)

The floor is to be opened to questions and remarks at the end of the session, in order to foster discussion with the attendants.

Open data is a way to conceive data as made to be spread among society, open to new usages including renewed democratic governance. Member of the Open Government Partnership since 2014, France conceives its open data policy as an important step toward a more open Government. This flash session is designed so as to present why and how the open data policy contributes to the French Government’s efforts for more openness and transparency. The concrete impact would be to foster collaboration with other Governments as well as civil society's representatives, in order to partner-up in upscaling the global level of open governance.

Online Participation

The session will be broadcasted live.