THE CITADEL MANIFESTO
Europe and the world are facing severe challenges that place an increasing burden on governments at every level. Municipal governments, however, are those best placed to address many of these challenges, as they are closest to the citizens and businesses who will need to be engaged in order to find the right solutions. While local communities harbour the innovation potential we need, the greatest barrier to engagement is the increasing lack of trust in government experienced in recent years.
One of the key levers for building a new relationship between local governments and citizens and businesses is the opening up of public sector information. Open Data is a concrete step towards transparency and engagement, while it also highlights the value of the work of civil servants, the innovation potential of local development communities, and the benefits that can be attained when the two collaborate towards common goals. Open Data processes also need to deeply engage local citizens and businesses, as the first step in going beyond the public sector to involve the whole local community in publishing and using data.
The objective is to achieve the aims of the Malmö Declaration – engagement of citizens and businesses, mobility of people and services, and efficient and sustainable public services – through promotion of a massive uptake of Open Data. The vision is that of a ‘Territory of Data’, composed of networks of towns and cities with data-driven strategies that enable local communities to co-design sustainable services based on an improved awareness of local phenomena and activities, socio-economic and environmental dynamics, and market and business opportunities.
Commitments and challenges
To that end, we the signatories of this Citadel Charter, commit our local governments to work towards:
- The massive opening up of all data we and our constituencies hold, with due respect for individual and collective rights and using open platforms and standards frameworks.
- The deep engagement of local development communities together with citizens and businesses in data-driven societal innovation processes, including social and institutional innovation as well as the development of innovative products and services.
- The establishment of local Open Data governance groups that allow our administrations to play a role of process orchestration, in order to most effectively define common policies for privacy, security and related issues as well as business opportunities in civic innovation environments and to ensure that access to open data is continuous and consistent over time.
We challenge the European Commission and national and regional governments to:
- Engage with our local governments as key actors for capturing bottom-up energies as well as implementing EU 2020 strategic objectives top down, including the Digital Agenda for Europe and Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.
- Provide a cooperation framework that allows us to effectively work together with local authorities across Europe to promote the institutional innovations that are key to capturing the potential for our territories of Open Data.
- Support the provision of common and open platform infrastructures and services, including those which have already received European funding such as those developed in the CIP Smart Cities initiative and in the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), and play their part in using these platforms to open the data they hold.
We challenge technology developers, from local tech communities to multi-national corporations to:
- Engage directly with public authorities and citizens to discover innovation potentials and needs, using approaches such as Living Labs to co-design more effective products and services.
- Work to jointly explore the business benefits and market potentials of technology innovation having the public interest as the primary goal, with a particular focus on cultural expression, public and civic participation, services for the needy, and environmental sustainability.
- Adopt open platforms, standards, and frameworks that support interoperability while promoting openness, participation and engagement and full respect of individual and collective rights in the conception and design of services.
We challenge citizens and businesses both in our own local communities and throughout Europe to:
- Engage with public innovation communities, open up to innovation, and participate in the co-design of new public services and spaces.
- Reflect, both individually and collectively, on emergent issues of personal privacy and identity, recognizing the key role for citizen engagement in designing new societal frameworks of entitlement and citizenship.
- Demand openness and transparency from governments and businesses at all levels, as the prerequisite for gaining the trust required to work together in addressing the key problems society faces today.