November 2010: The Vienna SPÖ and the Vienna Greens sign the Government Agreement that includes a reference to the Vienna City Administration’s Open Government Initiative.
3 December 2010: Active exchange between OG community and City Administration at the Gov 2.0 Barcamp.
9 March 2011: Municipal Councilor for Women’s Affairs Frauenberger issues a press statement confirming Vienna’s political commitment to open government: the Vienna City Administration wants to make its data publicly accessible for further use in an open and transparent manner.
17 May 2011: Launch of the OGD portal with more than 30 open data records relating to statistics and budget matters as well as contents of the wien.at city map. Data is provided through standardized, open formats like csv or WMS/WFS for geo-related data. Data is machine readable for further processing. Clarification of legal issues relating to the further use of data is ensured by the provision of all data under a Creative Commons License, "cc-by". Immediately after the portal’s launch the first apps were developed and made available. Since 26 May 2011, monthly platforms provide an opportunity for exchange between OG community and public administration with a view to coordinating further approaches.
15 June 2011: Stage 2 of the OGD initiative is launched and the OGD catalogue including geo-referenced data is published.
19 October 2011: Stage 3 of the OGD initiative is launched; additional new web services are made available as well as new geo-referenced and statistical data records.
December 2011: Launch of Stage 4.
On 13 July 2011, the Federal Chancellery, the cities of Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and Graz set up the "Cooperation Open Government Data Österreich", or "Cooperation OGD Österreich" initiative. In cooperation with the OG communities, science, culture and business, the federal government, federal provinces, cities and municipalities seek to prepare the groundwork for future Open Government Data in Austria. By agreeing on joint standards effective framework conditions are defined that will benefit all stakeholders.
In order to identify the concrete data requirements of the OG community and enable setting the relevant priorities in the course of the data catalogue’s expansion, an online survey was conducted on the Vienna City Administration’s Open Data Portal from 27 June to 31 August 2011. In this survey the topic of transport was mentioned most frequently. 90 per cent of potential app designers state that they could imagine using transport data, followed by data on public institutions and leisure time activities, education and demographic data.
The Toilet Map Vienna app was awarded the prize for the best app at a ceremony held on 24 November 2011.