4th IODC

Blog IODC 2016
Madrid. October 6-7, 2016


Methodological guidelines for sectoral open data plans

Aporta is the national initiative of the Spanish Government for promoting the Re-Use of Public Sector Information (PSI) and fostering the open data culture among the Public Administration and the Society.

Carlos Iglesias Moro has extensive hands-on international experience acquired by the set up of close to fifty open data projects and initiatives all around the world, including continuous advisory services for the Spanish Open Data initiative. He has participated in the development of pioneering Open Data methodologies and has conducted diverse research studies such as Open Data readiness assessments, the Open Data Barometer and the Open Data in Developing Countries study.

He is also an active participant at several global communities related to Open Government, Open Data and the Web, such as the World Wide Web Consortium, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the World Bank community of expert consultants, the OGP Open Data working group or the ISA programme for interoperability solutions at the European level.

In order to promote the open data culture and the re-use of public sector information in Spain, the Iniciativa Aporta was launched in 2009. A project promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through Red.es, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations.

One of the different lines of work of this initiative is the advice and support to the national open data community through the regular elaboration and diffusion of resources designed to address the different aspects related to openness and re-use of data. In this context, the last version of the Methodological Guide for Sectoral Open Data Plans has been published, a living document that shows how to articulate an open data project on the necessities of a sector or specific thematic.

This handbook, created with the collaboration of the international expert Carlos Iglesias, analyses the way in which an initiative of this kind is organized to become an opportunity to build alliances and make possible a data publication which is proactive and sustainable over time. To that end,  it is recommended that the possible benefits of the sector and the limitations (legal, institutional, semantic, organizational and technical) are analysed to, further on, identify the agents involved in the plan.

In this way, a conceptual model can be created, upon which the future sectoral initiative will be built. To that end, it is necessary to respond to a set of questions related to open data producers, re-users, uses, demand, uses cases and impact. Moreover, this document includes different guidelines to define the necessary strategies to optimise the data management, accessibility, availability and interoperability with other information sources. After all, the methodological guide is aimed at accompanying the involved agents in the development of a sectoral open data plan, helping them identify the necessary aspects to be taken into account to launch their project.

In order to facilitate the understanding of the content, this guide has been enriched with graphics, figures and illustrations and it also includes numerous references to enable the reader to delve into the subject through initiatives, use cases, reports and studies belonging to experts and organizations with internationally recognized prestige.

Featured image: Chris Lu.

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