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Madrid. October 6-7, 2016


Action Area 1: Delivering the International Open Data Charter

April 14, 2015 by IODC6
This is an action area being developed as part of the IODC Roadmap project. >>View other action areas.

The challenge

actionIcon-01 250In 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.

Get involvedMore 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.

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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

Get involvedMore information | Give your feedback on the Charter (until July 31st 2015)

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.

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Action anchors

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.

Blog posts

  • 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 […]


  • Adelheid Burgi-Schmelz

    May 27, 2015 at 19:51

    The good news is that there are so many global and high level initiatives on open data principles. The less good news is that matters are even more complicated by the fact that big data is a related and a potentially even more significant topic that should be accounted for in any effort to deliver the International Open Data Charter. As a consequence, efforts to build a global roadmap for open data need to go beyond open data to embrace the broader topic of big data. Such efforts also need to go beyond addressing technical and legal issues.

    Here is why: Unlocking the supply of high quality open data is expected to yield positive results for the emerging national and global data driven political debate as well as for the digital economy. In fact, opening government data is the key infrastructure contribution of the public sector towards a data driven economy. However, this is not sufficient to ensure positive results. As the World Economic Forum’s 13th edition of the Global Information Technology Report points out, there is a need to address the risk of a socio-economic asymmetry in the new digital economy. More specifically, a balance needs to be found among the interests of citizens that fear losing control over their personal data, of businesses that require innovative products and more efficiency, and of the government that by itself needs to unite several competing goals including growth promotion, commitment to guarantee privacy for its citizens and provision of public services to its citizens. In short, the need for trust building in the context of big data should be included in open data principles or global roadmaps for open data.


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  • Emma

    February 10, 2016 at 05:03

    I also recently had a view about how open data would influence bilateral diplomacy. How would the Charter factor in the aspect of competitiveness. This is what I mean:

    If more Data from developing countries are open, developed countries who already have the right tools and the right strategy of building the new tools would at a faster rate produce “New applications or tools” that would consumed the open data available. And these new innovative tools would be sold to developing country consumers. So local content development would be impaired. That is the fair coming from government quarters.


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