Open Data as a tool to fight corruption

By Leonida Mutuku, Project Lead at the African Open Data Network

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Corruption is one of the main governance issues that the OGP movement aims to address. However, it has been noted by OGP that several anti-corruption commitments made by countries do not move the needle and our research has found that oftentimes it’s due to the complex nature of corruption in government. This is more so the case when the commitment aims to create and avail open data to be used in anti-corruption efforts.

Open data has the potential to increase transparency and, therefore, oversight in the delivery of government…

Building a Data Taxonomy for Pandemic Preparedness

“We cannot define the needs of our collective future based only on a particular point of view. We need a mix between different kinds of cultures and perspectives when we are building standards, or having conversations around data that will affect the rest of the world. ” — Juan Pane, CDS and Lead Data Analyst for ODC and CAF’s Data Taxonomy for Pandemic Preparedness, in an interview with Open Data Charter.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is yet another wake up call on the importance of high quality, interoperable data spaces to make collective decisions for the common good.“

Highlights from the city’s COVID-19 Data Meet-up Report

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The Government of Catalonia’s Directorate General for Transparency and Open Data (DTDO) wanted to open up their data to more sectors in order to help overcome the health-related, employment-related and economic crises that have been caused by COVID-19. In order to achieve this recovery, they realised that they needed reliable, disaggregated, complete data that will enable them to determine what resources the government has and how to tackle the public health crisis. With this aim in mind, the Government of Catalonia, together with the ODC, organised their first COVID-19 Data Meet-Up in September 2020.

The Meetup aimed to define which…

Notes from the country’s COVID-19 Data Meet-up

Led by the National Digital Platform (PDN) of the Executive Secretariat of the National Anticorruption System (SESNA), the government mapped 27 datasets that are priority for their country, grouped in three categories: Public Health, Socio-political and Economic needs. One workshop per topic was held between October 27- 29.

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Mexico’s learnings and highlights are summarised as follows:

For Public Health

  1. Data is necessary for action.
    Having inaccurate data regarding the number of COVID-19 cases prevents the authorities from making decisions and will in turn make any community feel helpless amidst a crisis.
  2. Data structures must be dynamic. Governments must think in terms of data structures that allow the dynamism of a pandemic…

Highlights from their latest COVID-19 data meetup

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In February, Slovenia organized their COVID-19 data meetup with almost 50 participants from the different ministries in charge of collecting or releasing pandemic data, as well as journalists and activists interested in the topic.The meeting began with opening remarks from the Open Data Charter (Natalia Carfi) and the OECD (Barbara Ubaldi). It was then followed by representatives from the governments of Catalonia, New Zealand and Mexico, as well as from Open North (Canada), who shared about their experiences organizing their own meetups in 2020. Following this, the Covid-19 Sledilnik project by Maja Založnik and Corona Virus Watch project by Marko…

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The six recommendations proposed to improve the resilience of the government data system. These recommendations are based on the experiences and lessons learnt of government agencies and international organisations during the pandemic. You can find more detail in the full report published on

COVID-19 lessons learnt — full report [HTML]
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What are the recommendations?

The following six recommendations are proposed to improve the resilience of New Zealand’s government data system:

  1. Develop and implement an action plan to improve the findability, access to, and sharing of the most important data.
  2. Identify the most important data…

By Kashindi Pierre, CEO, DRM Africa.

Since 2015, natural disasters are exponentially increasing in the African great lakes region (Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo). While the Lake Tanganyika coastal cities record their historical water advance, coastal and river floods causing hundreds of deaths, social economic facility destruction and thousands homelessness, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes threaten millions of citizens in the cities of Bukavu, Goma, Kigali and Bujumbura.

However, with considerable progress and the stakeholders’ involvement in the disaster management, for most African countries in general (and especially the African great lakes region), the response capacity of…

ODC 2021–2022 Strategy and Work Plan

By Nati Carfi, Interim Executive Director

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In our shared future, we are no longer demanding for our governments to open up data, for them to guarantee our privacy, or demanding for equal pay for equal value, or advocating for climate change to be seen as an emergency. Our shared future is one where we have jointly agreed that all these are important and are things we are working towards until every person, in every segment and intersection, feels irrevocably safe to be themselves on this planet.

Let us take a moment to continue to paint that picture of what a…

by Delfina Grinspan and Jesse Worker, World Resources Institute

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In the aftermath of the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia, in 2016, disaster managers were able to able to identify which communities were at greatest risk due to rapid access to data. They used the open source InaSAFE platform to access real-time hazard data and modeled population data mapped down to the village level. This was made possible by the collaborative use of “open” data — data that is free to use, open license, and in machine readable formats — between scientists, local and national governments and communities. …

Using data principles for crisis management

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By Flor Serale, Co-chair of ODC’s Implementation Working Group (IWG)

In February 2021, we kicked-off our first IWG meeting. This session focused on the Policy+ initiative led by ODC and OCDE (see the draft for consultation), aimed at strengthening existing open data policies. These six target areas were identified to help strengthen the release of data as a tool for crisis readiness, response and recovery across government, society and the economy. They are: leadership, trust, transparency, standards, collaboration and equity.

We discussed the P+ principles and then showcased some experiences from government representatives in relation to either immediate or long-term…

Open Data Charter

Collaborating with governments and organisations to open up data for pay parity, climate action and combatting corruption.

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