Open Data Charter
The Open Data Charter is a collaboration between governments and experts working to open up data. It was founded in 2015 around six principles for how governments should be publishing information. The aspiration was that data should be open by default, timely and interoperable. More than 70 governments and organisations have joined the movement. Read the full principles here.
The Charter’s goal is to embed a culture and practice of openness in governments in ways that are resilient to change through opening up data.
At the beginning of 2017, the Open Data Charter created a small team of four to support the Charter. The Charter is overseen by an advisory board, the Lead Stewards, made up of representatives from government and expert organisations. A broader network of General Stewards supports the work of the movement, including through participating in the two Charter working groups. The Charter is an independent programme based at our fiscal sponsor, the Fund for the City of New York.
The principles in the Open Data Charter provide governments with a common foundation upon which to realize the full potential of open data for their own jurisdiction. An overall goal of the Open Data Charter is to support international collaboration based on inclusive and responsible open data principles, spread the benefits of data revolution around the world.
During 2015, open data experts from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, and private sector, worked together to develop an international Open Data Charter, with six principles for the release of data:
- Open by Default;
- Timely and Comprehensive;
- Accessible and Useable;
- Comparable and Interoperable;
- For Improved Governance and Citizen Engagement; and
- For Inclusive Development and Innovation.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
To advance open data principles and practices, and user-centered open data sector packages as a fundamental part of harnessing the data revolution to achieve sustainable development, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically.