The Open Data Charter was launched in New York on 27 September 2015, as the world celebrated the opening of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mexican President PeÃ±a Nieto, representing a diverse group of charter stewards, invited governments from around the world to adopt the Charter as a mechanism to realize the full potential of open data in developing the sustainable development goals.
Open data is digital data that is made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime, anywhere. It sits at the heart of a global movement that leverages new technologies that use data and information, and has the potential to generate significant social and economic benefits around the globe by targeting and improving how things like healthcare, education and city services are delivered around the world.
However, improving collaboration around key social challenges can be a challenge itself. The principles of the Open Data Charter seek to increase the accessibility, comparability, usefulness and impact of open data globally, as well as to promote open data as a vehicle for development.
The OD4D network will work together with a growing number of stewards to develop the Resource Centre, and develop the mechanisms which can scale the impact of open data in developing countries. Also, OD4D partners will be engaged in a number of rolling launches around the world, including the Red GEALC Ministerial Meeting, the OGP Global Summit in October and the G20 Leadersâ Summit in November, which will provide opportunities to continue to deepen international collaboration.
A Brief History of the Open Data Charter
OD4D is proud to have supported the collaborative network of experts in government, academia civil society and the private sector that led to the development of the Charter. The Open Data Charter principles has its roots in the G8 Open Data Charter. Open Data for Development and Canadaâs International Development Research Centre provided support to the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group. These early contributions helped to make the text of the International Open Data Charter a truly global collaborative process.
The Open Data Charter was initially presented for discussion at the International Open Data Conference (IODC) in Ottawa in May 2015. The conference, which was co-hosted by Government of Canada, Canadaâs International Development Research Centre, the World Bank and the Open Data for Development Programme gathered more than 1000 participants from around the world to build an action plan for collaboration on open data. At IODC, a global online consultation was launched on opendatacharter.net, and later in September, at the margins of ConDatos in Chile, open data champions from governments, multilaterals, civil society and private sector, gathered to finalize the text based on more the 350 comments received.
Building on this collaborative process, the Open Data Charter provides a common foundation to increase the accessibility, comparability, timeliness and impact of open data across sectors around the world, as well as to promote the use of open data as a vehicle for sustainable development. An Interim ODC Secretariat will be hosted by the Government of Mexico, in collaboration with other lead stewards that include the OD4D network, IDRC, Government of Canada, Web Foundation and Omidyar Network.
For more information, visit opendatacharter.net.