In September 2012, a global network of parliamentary monitoring organisations (PMOs) from 38 countries converged on Rome, Italy, for the launch of the World e-Parliament Conference 2012. The conference sought to facilitate discussions between PMOs on the best means of making all Parliaments 'open'; that is, to petition Parliaments to ease access to usable data with the ultimate aim of ensuring effective monitoring and improving citizen access to information.
This manifested in the Declaration of Parliamentary Openness; a plan of action which urged all parliaments to i) promote a culture of openness and transparency, ii) keep accurate records of all parliamentary information, iii) make this data easily accessible and usable, and iv) utilise technology to adequately communicate vital information to their respective publics.
These four conditions serve as a benchmark against which all Parliaments can be tested to determine their 'openness'.
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