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G8 nations sign open data agreement

June 21, 2013

In an important step for open and transparent government operations, all G8 member nations, including the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and Canada, have signed an agreement to embrace open data solutions. According to IT Pro Portal, the agreement to implement transparency solutions and grant free access to and the use of government data will help all of these nations and the local councils within them to encourage public engagement and trust.

In addition to adopting technologies to improve open government efforts, such as legislative management software, the nations also agreed to increase the amount of information shared with the public, while removing fees for that access and use. Furthermore, the G8 nations will document their transparency and open government efforts in order to assist non-G8 members with their own approaches.

Local government offices in the U.S. can invest in IQM2's high-quality meeting management solutions to embrace stronger open government efforts and the technology needed to deliver on the strategy laid out at the G8 summit. Embracing transparency is a responsibility of any state, county or town council, as well as the federal administration.