The Open State Foundation is an organization created out of a merger between former ‘Stichting Het Nieuwe Stemmen’ (or: The New Voting Foundation) and the ‘Hack de Overheid’ collective (or: Hack the Government).
Het Nieuwe Stemmen was created in 2006 by Stef van Grieken. He, at the time, wanted to stimulate Dutch voters’ participation in the political process. However, as time progressed, the foundation’s vision grew to encompass more than just voting behaviour alone. This led to cooperation between Het Nieuwe Stemmen and Hack de Overheid. Lex Slaghuis, James Burke, Edial Dekker and Vincent Lindeboom created the latter organization in 2008, with a view to open up more government data.
The cross fertilization between the two organizations led to a next logical step which meant a merger into the Open State Foundation.
In our new organization, Hack de Overheid operates as an independent community as it has a firmly grounded name within the Netherlands.
Hack de Overheid, as a formula, can be exported and translated to other European countries in order to open up data internationally. However, Het Nieuwe Stemmen has altogether disappeared as a name by integrating completely into the Open State Foundation. This was decided, as the Open State Foundation focus lies much broader than on voting behavior alone.