We’re excited to announce that the Open Data Charter has welcomed two new cities – expanding the Charter’s strong community in Latin America. Quito, Ecuador, and San Isidro, Peru, are the first cities in their respective countries to adopt the Charter and the Lead Stewards look forward to welcoming them.
Quito Mayor Mauricio Rodas Espinel remarked that the world is “witnessing the growth of a global movement facilitated by technology and social media and fueled by information[…]Open data sits at the heart of this global movement.” We could not agree more and look forward to being part of Quito’s mission to integrate open data into its everyday operations.
Quito’s Department of Information Management will be the unit responsible for implementing the Charter, including the design, delivery, and implementation of municipal open data policy and initiatives. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the Quito government’s data is open by default, timely, comprehensive, accessible, usable and comparable so that it can be used to improve operations and service delivery for citizens.
San Isidro Mayor Manuel Velarde Dellepiane issued a decree adopting the Charter noting the key role of open data in improving citizen participation, increasing transparency and fighting corruption. The city’s Innovation and Open Government Program will lead on implementing the Charter Principles, including compiling a complete inventory of existing information managed by the city and devising a plan for opening the different types of government data to ensure that they are open, reusable and published according to a set schedule. The city of San Isidro will be keeping the community up to date on the progress through their Innovation Portal.
The Lead Stewards would like to congratulate San Isidro and Quito in this important first step towards taking full advantage of the benefits open data has to offer.
For updates on the Charter community and our progress, follow us on Twitter @opendatacharter. For more information on how to adopt the Charter, see full details here or email the secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Quito, Ecuador, by Adam Reeder https://flic.kr/p/qV44Kq