Data principles and governance

(TA5.01) Open data: from principles to practice

Auditorium 1 January 17, 2017 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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Ania Calderón
Barbara Ryan
Fernando Perini
Jeni Tennison
Laura Bacon
Shaida Badiee

Open data, although a relatively new idea, has been adopted in many government ministries and international organizations eager to follow principles and standards to improve transparency and access to public information.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiated in 2011 has been a strong platform for countries to sign up to open and transparent practices, including open data. More than 60 countries are members of OGP with action plans committing themselves to follow open data practices. The latest development has been the establishment of Open Data Charter launched in 2015, which has since grown globally with many endorsing its principles.

Governments, NGOs, private enterprise, and citizens have begun to use the Charter as a valuable tool to bring together the open data community and implement open data in policies and practices. This expert panel discussed open data principles and standards and lessons learned in the recent years. It highlighted the opportunities and challenges for countries and agencies who have endorsed them. It also highlighted how these principles and standards line up with those established through the UN system and how they could re-enforce one another.