Putting the Open Data Charter into practice:
Consultation on anti-corruption resource package
The Open Data Charter encourages governments and organisations to participate in the initial plan for the development of a companion toolkit to the Charter’s principles and invites comments, feedback and contributions to shape the draft resource.
This exercise is aimed at key stakeholders in assessing, planning, and implementing actions to strengthen access and use of open data in the anti-corruption, transparency and public integrity sector.
Antalya, Turkey, 14 November 2015 – During the Open Data: Enabling Inclusive, Sustainable and Robust Growth side event at the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, held in Turkey, the Open Data Charter invites comments, feedback and contributions from governments and organisations to participate in the elaboration of the draft resource, to be developed over the first half of 2016. The goal is to support the implementation of the fourth principle of the Open Data Charter, on comparable and interoperable data, creating a series of resources that outline key data elements and datasets governments should look to provide, and types users of that can link them up.
The international Open Data Charter was launched in September 2015 and adopted by the first 17 governments in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit Mexico 2015, with the objective of fostering greater coherence and collaboration for the increased adoption and implementation of open data principles, standards and good practices across sectors around the world. Driven by the latter, the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group has recognised the vital role data can play in challenging corruption. To put this vision into practice and enable data to act as a resource for anti-corruption action we need a joined-up data infrastructure.
Corruption may be defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain (Transparency International). Through corruption, billions of dollars of public funds are lost every year, and levels of trust in governments, societies and economies is undermined. It is a problem that both developed and developing countries are facing and that creates a drag on development and progress. Consequently, open data – digital data that is made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime, anywhere (International Open Data Charter) – is an excellent instrument to enhance accountability, transparency and social involvement, especially when the data provided are comparable and interoperable.
Therefore, the Open Data Charter’s Technical Working Group invites interested stakeholders to contribute in the elaboration of the Anti-Corruption Sector Package in order to strengthen the anti-corruption data infrastructure. Prioritising this shared data infrastructure will habilitate a substantial instrument against corruption and will promote global interoperability within the sector, and between other linked sectors, whilst also allowing local priorities and needs to be met.