2016 Open Data Roundtables

This report is a synthesis of insights from experts both inside and outside of government with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in data use. The research is conducted by the Center for Open Data Enterprise, an independent nonprofit organization that develops smarter open data strategies for governments, businesses, and other nonprofits by focusing on data users.

The 2016 U.S. Open Data Roundtables report is designed to be used by government data providers, experts who collaborate with the government, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations that rely on open government data. It is divided into two sections: (1) Data Lifecycle Recommendations and (2) Research Data Recommendations.

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Open Data Impact Map

The Open Data Impact Map is a public database of organizations that use open government data from around the world. The Map provides governments, international organizations, and researchers with a more comprehensive understanding of the demand for open data.

You can use the Map to locate organizations that apply open government data for advocacy, to develop products and services, improve operations, inform strategy and conduct research.

The Map, made possible by the open data community, is a project of the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), a global network of leaders that works to develop open data solutions around the world.

OURData Index

Based on the OECD analytical framework and on the International Open Data Charter, the OURData Index measures the efforts made by governments to increase government data accessibility and availability, and to foster re-use to deliver value. This includes assessing actions taken to know the open data ecosystem and to engage the different users’ groups to deliver impact (e.g. value interms of social and economimc benefits, as well as improved governance).

Open Data Policy Guidelines

The Sunlight Foundation created this living set of open data guidelines to address: what data should be public, how to make data public, and how to implement policy. The provisions are not ranked in order of priority and do not address every question one should consider when preparing a policy, but are a guide to answer the question of what an open data policy can and should do in striving to create a government data ecosystem where open data is the default. Setting the default to open means that the government and parties acting on its behalf will make public information available proactively and that they’ll put that information within reach of the public (online), without barriers for its reuse and consumption. Setting the default to open is about living up to the potential of our information, about looking at comprehensive information management and making determinations that fall in the public interest.

Anticorruption Open Data Package

Whilst recognizing the importance of transparency to inhibit corruption, it is key to go beyond the idea that disclosing data directly equals reducing corruption. Open data can play a key role to dismantle corruption networks, if governments secure its availability and interoperability. The Anti-Corruption Open Data Package (ACODP) is a practical resource inteded to structure a dialogue among different actors –incnluding governments, civil society organizations and investigative journalists– on the use of open data for preventing, detecting, investigating and sanctioning corruption. The ACODP identifies priority datasets and open data standards that can be use in order to tackle corruption at different levels and to respond to increasingly complex corruption networks.