In 2015, a number of countries and international organizations will face significant milestones in the journey to developing and implementing principles of open data. The G8 Open Data Charter, signed by all G8 leaders in 2013, has a 2-year lifespan which ends in 2015. In November 2014, the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group committed to prepare a set of G20 Open Data Principles and a compendium of best practices on open data. At the same time, the United Nations are focused on articulating post-2015 development goals, which will include elements related to open data. In addition to all this, throughout 2014 the OGP Open Data Working Group has worked to develop a draft International Open Data Charter, elaborating a set of universal open data principles.
As a result of this confluence of efforts and events focused on open data principles, 2015 presents a unique opportunity for the development of a set of universally-accepted open data principles. The challenge is how to articulate principles in a Charter that respond to the needs of all – from the most technologically advanced government agencies to public sector institutions just beginning to publish and reuse data in electronic formats.
The following draft actions were developed through sessions at IODC15. You are invited to share your feedback on these actions using the comments box below. A final roadmap of actions will be published in mid-2015.
Key action: Establish an International Open Data Charter
An International Open Data Charter will establish shared principles for open data and will act as a framework for shared learning and evaluation of progress towards a world where government data is open by default. Building on efforts that have already been undertaken in relation to the G8 Open Data Charter, the G20 commitment to open data principles, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, the Data Revolution Task Force, and a number of other multilateral groups and initiatives, the International Open Data Charter is being designed as an inclusive, universally relevant, and accessible set of principles for governments to adopt and work to put into practice, backed by supporting guidance on effectivel open data implementation. Through an international group of Stewards, the Charter will be launched in late 2015, and promoted throughout open data events in the coming year.
More information | Give your feedback on the Charter (until July 31st 2015)
Additional action: Establish Open Data Charter Stewardship Group
A group of ‘Charter Stewards’ will be established to lead consultations and decision making over the text of the charter, its accompanying documents, and plans for monitoring its implementation. The Stewards group should represent a broad range of countries, sectors and interests.
Additional action: Consultation on the Open Data Charter
An inclusive global consultation process to develop and finalize the International Open Data Charter Principles will be held from June 1 to July 31th, 2015, including inviting input through www.opendatacharter.net
Additional action: Developing the Open Data Charter Implementation Handbook
The Open Data Charter is about more than just principles: it should be accompanied by an Implementation Handbook, containing definitions, guidelines, recommended core datasets, and tools and resources, including an inventory of standards and maturity model for assessing open data implementation. The Handbook should be open to community contributions, with yearly release of new versions by an editorial team.
Action anchors are taking a lead on shaping the conversation in the run up to the conference, and facilitating the conference session. They will be blogging about the key issues to be address, and existing initiatives that respond to the challenges in this area.
- Toward an international open data charter May 28, 2015 - Announcing the consultation site for the International Open Data Charter. Open data sits at the heart of a global movement with the potential to generate significant social and economic benefits around the world. Acknowledging multiple worldwide initiatives calling for better access and use of data to support countries to fight corruption, address global challenges, and […]