The Open.NRW office is part of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and reports to the state government representative for information technology (CIO). Open.NRW puts the Open Government philosophy of an open, transparent and networked government and administration into effect in North Rhine-Westphalia on the basis of the Open.NRW strategy. The three pillars of the strategy – Open Data, Participation and Cooperation – are an integral part of the active conduct and work of Open.NRW.
Since the spring of 2015 the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has publicly provided open data through the Open.NRW portal. The portal is the central assembly area for Open Government activities and open records from all over North Rhine-Westphalia. The user groups who work with this data are correspondingly diverse.
The revision of the open.NRW portal is split up, for one, in service offerings based on a user-centered design (UCD) and, for another, in conceptual services for the overall architecture. By applying the UCD methods, the specific requirements and contexts of the actual users and data providers are taken into account. The conceptual services include, among other things, the draft for a sustainable architecture for the exchange of data between Open.NRW Portal and GEOportal.NRW and with the municipal data providers.
The results of the interactive UCD workshop serve as an important decision-making aid for the user-centric and sustainable revision of the Open.NRW portal. Thanks to the involvement of numerous relevant stakeholders (including departments of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, municipal authorities, users and developers from the business community, and the general public), a high level of acceptance of the measures can be ensured. Based on the results, a future-proof overall architecture will be created which meets all standards in the Open Data and geodata context. Among other things, this ensures a long-term and efficient exchange between the Open.NRW portal and GEOportal.NRW. This boosts both the efficiency within the state administration as well as in interaction between federal, state and local authorities.