Adopt the Charter

Institutions seeking to adopt the Open Data Charter should release a high-level public statement (issued by the Head of State, Minister, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, or other appropriate official) that articulates the adoption of the Open Data Charter and defines the following four key elements:

  1. Appointment of a key ministry, department, or agency, including a direct individual, to serve as point of contact responsible for implementing the Open Data Charter’s principles.
    • Example:
      • The Ministry of Innovation, through its Chief Data Officer, will be responsible of the implementation of the Open Data Charter.
  2. Delivery mechanism(s) through which the Open Data Charter will be operationalized by the institution. The specific activities, methodologies, tools, and processes of the mechanism(s) that will be used to deliver the Open Data Charter should be defined.
    • Examples:
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan. Specific commitments will be included to implement training programs, tools, and guidelines that are designed to promote data literacy among government employees.
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the national open data policy/initiative. Specific requirements to ensure that data is open by default and is timely, comprehensive, accessible, usable, and comparable according to the Open Data Charter’s principles will be included in the policy
  3. Time-bound actions that outline specific, realistic deadlines by which progress toward implementation can be demonstrated.
    • Examples:
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the OGP National Action Plan. Specific commitments will be included to implement training programs, tools, and guidelines that are designed to promote data literacy among government employees by October 2016.
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the national open data policy/initiative. Specific requirements to ensure that data is open by default and is timely, comprehensive, accessible, usable, and comparable according to the Charter’s principles will be included in the policy by March 2016.
  4. Means of verification of the specific actions that will be taken by the institution to track the progress of the Charter’s implementation.
    • Examples:
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the OGP National Action Plan. Specific commitments will be included to implement training programs, tools, and guidelines that are designed to promote data literacy among government employees by October 2016. This action will be included in the published version of the 2016-2018 National Action Plan, and minutes of the sessions will be published.
      • The Open Data Charter will be implemented through the national open data policy/initiative. Specific requirements to ensure that data is open by default and is timely, comprehensive, accessible, usable, and comparable according to the Charter’s principles will be included in the policy by March 2016. The new requirements will be published in the Official Gazette.
  5. Send this info to info@opendatacharter.net

Criteria for the Maintenance of Institutions as Adopting Members of the Open Data Charter

While adherence to the Open Data Charter is on a nonbinding, voluntary basis, and with recognition that countries are at different stages in their efforts to promote open data, it is paramount that adopting institutions uphold the principles of the Charter, so as to maintain its credibility and promote greater impact.

Institutions are eligible to become adopting parties of the Open Data Charter when they meet the requirements of the Adoption Mechanism of the Open Data Charter outlined above. Institutions will maintain their eligibility by demonstrating continuous commitment to and progress with implementation of the Charter.

Transparency and accountability are vital to promoting efficient implementation of the Charter’s principles. To demonstrate transparency and accountability, institutions should participate actively with recognized external accountability and impact evaluation mechanisms in regard to open data. In addition, they should publicly follow up on their own progress on a yearly basis.