As part of the International Open Data Conference (IODC) 2015 – held in Ottawa, May 28-29 – a group See Footnote * of experts, officials, and advocates in the open data field from Canada and around the world committed to join forces in a multi-stakeholder international partnership for open data. The work of this group will support the development, launch, and implementation of a new International Open Data Charter articulating global open data principles and best practices.
These principles will allow governments to express their commitment to openness, and will give citizens and civil society a much needed tool to hold governments accountable for their progress in the domain of open data. Dozens of additional members, known as stewards, have committed to working closely with this leadership group toward the official launch of the International Open Data Charter in the fall of 2015.
For governments that have already established open data initiatives, the Charter can provide continuing guidance for maximising the release of data. For countries that are just getting started with their open data activities, the Charter can serve as a statement of commitment and the means to pursue political support for the fundamental principles of openness.
We want this to be a truly global Charter, reflecting the fundamental values and principles that define open data, regardless of where in the world it is implemented. Canada is inviting open data champions to engage in the development of the International Open Data Charter by reviewing the draft Open Data Charter and providing comments and feedback. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like some more information, or if you would like to add your ideas.Stephen Walker, Federal Lead for Open Government