Background: Charter Open Up Guides

The International Open Data Charter

The Open Data Charter is a movement of governments and organisations committed to achieving a world where government information is used to empower people in order to build more prosperous, equitable and just societies. The Charter was founded in 2015 and is based on six principles for how governments should be publishing information. They are:

  1. Open by Default

  2. Timely and Comprehensive

  3. Accessible and Usable

  4. Comparable and Interoperable

  5. For Improved Governance and Citizen Engagement, and

  6. For Inclusive Development and Innovation.

More than 70 governments and organisations have joined the movement. The Charter’s goal is to embed the culture and practice of openness in governments in ways that are resilient to political change and driven by user demand.

Open Up Guide

A Charter Open Up Guide is a curated resource, providing insights and guidance on how to make open data available, and to support the use of open data, in a particular sector.

The guides are designed to support strategic action and data interoperability. They identify key datasets, common standards and practices that charter supporters can implement.

The guides are peer-reviewed and are developed through collaboration that engages both data publishers and data users. The guides are designed to be globally relevant: catering for the differing needs and capabilities of Charter supporters.

Development process

Development of the Anti-Corruption Open Up Guide began at the Open Government Partnership 2015 Summit in Mexico City. An initial consultation set the shape and focus of the guide, and in January 2016, Transparencia Mexicana were commissioned to lead authorship of the first draft. Workshops in London, Washington and Lagos informed the drafting process, with an beta version presented at the International Open Data Conference in Madrid in October 2016.

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