Open Data for Public Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Understanding an increasingly complex knowledge economy demands economic, social and environmental data from a wide range of sources. In many cases, however, these sources are dispersed, unstructured or simply unavailable, limiting their use by policymakers and society as a whole. Emerging practices relating to Open Data have shown that disseminating data over the Internet via open, accessible and structured formats has the potential to transform the way data are created, distributed and utilized (or re-utilized), with important implications for the design and implementation of public policy.

This project will explore how Open Data strategies can contribute to improve public policymaking in Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, it will examine their potential to increase transparency and accountability around public policymaking; support new analyses of existing data; create new services; and foster more equitable development in key industries.

The project will do so by strengthening technical capacity to use Open Data within government agencies, observatories and research networks in the region. In particular, researchers will examine how Open Data strategies can contribute to policymaking that fosters more productive and knowledge-intensive industries. It is expected that effective Open Data initiatives will contribute to evidence-based policymaking and a more inclusive knowledge economy in Latin American, as well as other, developing countries.

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Start Date

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 709,439


Brazil, South America, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, North and Central America, West Indies


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Mario Cimoli


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Demi Getschko

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Vagner Diniz


Brazilian Network Information Center -

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