Climate Change Open Up Guide: Using Data to Advance Climate Action

Warning signals calling for urgent and unprecedented changes to all aspects of society abound. From extreme weather events to rising sea levels and severe droughts that disproportionately affect vulnerable communities and threaten your morning cup of coffee — the rate of warming caused by human activities is speeding up twice as fast as predicted and everyone needs to act. Yet effective climate action calls for a coordinated response across societies, underpinned by shared information.

As countries take action in response to climate change, how we collect, share and use data will be essential to understand risks, track progress and enable informed action. Open data can be a very useful tool to empower people to understand climate trends and develop solutions towards common goals. A framework to share and publish climate information can encourage coordination across government agencies and help break organisational silos.

The Open Data Charter and the World Resources Institute partnered to consult with climate experts in which key data types should be considered when investing in open data infrastructures and how they may inform smart climate policies. This beta guide to Open Up Climate Data gives an overview of crucial information we need to respond to climate needs.

While the guide does not contain an exhaustive list of climate data types for tracking and reporting, it is meant to provide a starting point for local stakeholders to prioritize access to the most important data types according to their contexts and foster more robust collaboration among diverse sectors and actors, a fundamental ingredient in the climate change agenda given its intersectionality.

Resilient reform in government: Lessons from open data leaders

Making sure policies survive times of political transition or fatigue is a challenge, perhaps never more so than in today’s political climate. If you are a team leading a high stakes agenda in government, how do you prepare for a major political upheaval, when everything you have worked for can be erased in a pen-stroke?

This report from the Open Data Charter and the Open Data Institute is a collection of reflections by officials on how they worked to embed reforms before the recent US, French, Philippine and Kenyan national elections. We looked at these experiences to gather insights into making policy stick for open data, or other similar policy reform areas.

Adoption & Implementation Roadmap

This roadmap has been designed to support government officials who are helping their
organisations to adopt and implement the principles of the Open Data Charter. It’s also
relevant to non-governmental organisations and businesses interested in supporting the
implementation of open data policies.

There are a number of existing tools that assess open data initiatives. But organisations
often need guidance, in the form of a recommended action plan, that will help them
begin the process of implementing the Charter principles.

This document provides a suggested roadmap. It is intended to act as a reference for
governments officials to turn the Charter principles into a set of concrete actions that can
help plan and improve open data practice. It should be read alongside the Activities
Table setting out specific actions that governments should consider following.

Open Up Guide: Using Open Data to Combat Corruption

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The Open Up Guide provides practical help for governments wanting to use open data to combat corruption.

The Guide includes:

  • A short overview on how open data can be used to combat corruption.
  • Use cases and methodologies. A series of case studies highlighting existing and future approaches to the use of open data in the anti-corruption field.
  • 30 priority datasets and the key attributes needed so that they can talk to each other. To address corruption networks it is particularly important that connections can be established and followed across data sets, national borders and different sectors.
  • Data standards. Standards describe what should be published, and the technical details of how it should be made available. The report includes some of the relevant standards for anti-corruption work, and highlights the areas where there are currently no standards.

The guide has been developed by Transparency International-Mexico, Open Contracting Partnership and the Open Data Charter, with support from OD4D, building on input from government officials, open data experts, civil society and journalists.


Global Open Data Index 2016/2017

The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is the annual global benchmark for publication of open government data, run by the Open Knowledge Network. The crowdsourced survey measures the openness of government data according to the Open Definition.

By having a tool that is run by civil society, GODI creates valuable insights for government’s data publishers to understand where they have data gaps. It also shows how to make data more useable and eventually more impactful. GODI therefore provides important feedback that governments are usually lacking.

To spark debate, OKI have released GODI in two phases:

  1. The dialogue phase – They are releasing the data to the public after a rigorous review. Yet, during their assessment some information might have remained unnoticed. They will give all users a chance to contest the index results for 30 days, starting May 2nd. In this period, users of the index can comment on OKI’s assessments through their Global Open Data Index forum. On June 2nd, they will review those comments and will change some index submissions if needed.
  2. The final results – on June 15 OKI will present the final results of the index. For the first time ever, they will also publish the GODI white paper. This paper will include OKI’s main findings and recommendations to advance open data publication.