Who we are

The Open Data Charter was set up as a Global Multi-Stakeholder Action Network with two types of leading members: Stewards and Lead Stewards. Members of these two groups form different working groups according to their interests.

Both types of Stewards are responsible for participating and collaborating in the development, launch, and working groups of the Charter, its supporting documents such as technical annexes and standards, as well as in the decisions regarding the charter’s expansion.

The principles in the international Open Data Charter provide governments with a common foundation upon which to realise the full potential of open data for their own jurisdiction.

The Open Data Charter Lead Stewards

The Open Data Charter Stewards

Stewards or Lead Stewards of the Charter are responsible for participating and collaborating in the development, launch, and working groups of the Charter, its supporting documents, such as technical annexes and standards, as well as in the decisions regarding the charter’s governance and sustainable expansion. If you are interested in becoming a Charter Steward, see the steps outlined in the FAQ on becoming involved as a Steward.

The Open Data Charter Working Groups

  1. Implementation Working Group  –  Develops tools and resources to support governments in the implementation of Charter principles, and promote and facilitate peer learning across signatory countries and organizations.
  2. Technical Working Group  –  Ensures that open data standards across sectors are connected and interoperable, support the identification and development of internationally-recognized data standards and promote the use to create impact.
  3. Subnational Governments Working Group  –  Develops strategies for subnational governments to develop their Open Data initiatives in line with Charter principles.
  4. Private Sector Working Group  –  Develops strategies for engagement with the private sector and explore the role of private sector in open data and in the implementation of Charter principles.
  5. Measurement and Accountability Working Group  –  Develops mechanisms to promote accountability and monitoring processes for the Open Data Charter members.

If you represent a government, civil society organization, private sector or multilateral working on open data and wish to participate in the Open Data Charter’s working groups, please send an email to info@opendatacharter.net.