One of the biggest factor which could be a bottleneck or could stop us moving forward with digital transformation initiatives is expenditure. Especially when the government start doing digitilization, mostly big consulting companies and vendors approached are always come back with high cost proposal which includes the software cost as well.
However not all governments are opting up for softwares from bigger players, they are choosing open source softwares to kickstart their initiatives. One best example is CKAN, the open source data portal software used more than 30+ Governments to open up the non confidential information to public and their citizens for getting insights and using for economy and other reasons.
Similar like CKAN, there are dozens of other useful open source softwares for governments which countries could test and implement if they meet their requirements.
CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data.
CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available
Not just only the national governments need to do this, even state governments could do their own initiatives of publishing their public data. It’s simple to deploy considering the zero cost. They could even start with 15-25 datasets and bring the crowd to upload if they have useful data (With the approval from the admin side)
Looking for how to architect the software implementation planning for different departments in the state government? Here i wrote about Building digital transformation strategy for governments