Open Government Free Online Course by TU Delft

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Delft University of Technology is offering free online course on Open Government. This course is aimed at students with basic knowledge of information and communication technology and multi-actor systems.

This course will empower you by helping you grasp the key principles surrounding open government. The course will start on April 17, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 7 hours per week
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: TU Delft and edX
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course will start on April 17, 2017

Providers' Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. University encourage student to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of our reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

How can governments become more open and transparent, while simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How can open government data be made available to improve public policy making? Which technologies are available to make governments more open and use open government data?

Governments all over the world aim to become more open and transparent in order to establish closer ties with their constituents. However, releasing government data involves complex challenges and poses two major concerns. First, many different participants are involved and there are various dependencies between them, and second, the technologies that support open government are fragmented. In addition, it is unclear how different contexts should alter the best practices for open government.

Why Take This Course?

This course explores the foundations and objectives of Open Government and examines current developments, including the opening and reuse of governmental data such as the release of data by governments in America and Europe. This course will empower you by helping you grasp the key principles surrounding open government.

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic concepts related to Open Government and Open Government Data
  • How to analyze and discuss benefits, barriers and potential negative effects of a particular open government case and an open government data case
  • How to analyze public values and best practices related to open government
  • How to apply the open government principles in various situations
  • How to understand potential negative and positive effects Open Government might bring to the workplace


Marijn Janssen

Anneke Zuiderwijk

Tomasz Janowski

Iryna Susha

Keith Jeffery

Amr Ali Eldin

Bastiaan van Loenen

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Open Government
Week 2. Opening and reusing government data
Week 3. Technical and judicial aspects of governmental information sharing
Week 4. Open government and public values and conclusions
Week 5. Exam


  • Basic knowledge of information and communication technology
  • Basic knowledge of multi-actor systems

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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