I was honoured to share insight into the 10 design principles behind the Open Police platform at Open Belgium on 29 February 2016.
A unique event
Open Belgium is an annual event gathering of industry, research, government and citizen stakeholders. It’s a one-day community driven conference with talks, discussions, panels, workshops organized by Open Knowledge Belgium
The theme is simple: Make Belgian knowledge open, usable, used and useful.
Our Open Police platform is specifically built for the websites of the Belgian Local Police, it:
- aims to be a high level blueprint for the design of government web technology
- is purely built on an Open Source software stack
- leverages open data streams
- provides resources that others can use
- is developed on a result basis using an agile development methodology
- focusses on proof through doing and constant testing
My presentation highlighted the 10 design principles behind our Open Police platform:
- Start with user needs
- Do less
- Design with data
- Do the hard word to make it simple
- Iterate. Then iterate again
- Build for inclusion
- Build digital services, not websites
- Understand context
- Be consistent
- Make things open
These principles are inspired by the UK’s Government Digital Services Design Principles.