Adopting Open Data Charter on the agenda at global summit on open government in Mexico

March 18, 2016
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Open government is on the cutting edge of public policy innovation, with its commitment to use data and policy tools to improve how citizens interact with their elected representatives.  On October 28-29, 2015, more than 1,500 people from around the world, including representatives from governments, civil society, and the open data community, gathered at the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Global Summit in Mexico to explore how open government can address some of the world’s biggest challenges, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

IDRC hosted session, Enabling the Data Revolution: An International Open Data Roadmap

IDRC hosted a session at the Summit where the International Open Data Roadmap which emerged from the International Open Data Conference (IODC) in May 2015 will be discussed. The session was an opportunity for the community to decide on how best to create a responsive, needs-driven agenda for IODC 2016 and other regional events such as CONDATOS and the African Open Data Conference. The session also focused on how an international agenda offers options for meeting the needs of marginalized communities, exploiting the benefits of open data among OGP members, and supporting sustainable development in specific regions and organizations.

Open Government Partnership

Canada is among the OGP's 66 participating countries. IDRC has proudly supported the OGP Open Data Working Group, co-chaired by the Government of Canada and IDRC-grantee the Web Foundation since its creation in 2013. In addition to supporting governments in their innovative open data initiatives, the Working Group has championed the Open Data Charter, which was launched for consultation at the May IODC meeting.

Adopting the Open Data Charter

The OGP Global Summit in Mexico will be the first opportunity for countries and cities to adopt the Open Data Charter. Adopters of the Charter will help to ensure that open data delivers results for their people, by helping to develop guidelines for specific sectors and encourage the adoption of good practices by governments.  Following a charter meeting during the United Nations General Assembly in September, 13 members of the OGP Steering Committee — including Canada — committed to adopting the Charter through the Joint Declaration: Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IDRC is an Open Data Charter steward, joining a growing number of governments and organizations that are raising awareness about these key principles. Through the Open Data for Development program — hosted at IDRC and co-funded with the UK's Department for International Development, Global Affairs Canada, and the World Bank — IDRC is committed to the development of a Charter Resource Centre, which will contain guidelines for the implementation of open principles, support the development of common data standards, and assess the state of data openness around the world.