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DPADM has been conducting research on Open Government Data (OGD) since 2010. OGD is relevant to DPADM’s work as it is an online government service (e-government) and an important initiative that strengthen participatory governance. OGD allows citizens to monitor data streams and thereby improves the accountability and transparency of government. OGD also allows citizens to be aware of important issues and to be part of the decision-making process to address policy issues (e-participation). DPADM's work on open government is divided in four pillars: policies and regulatory framework; organizational framework; channels & modalities; and case studies.

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The Guidelines on Open Government Data for Citizen Engagement is a practical and easy-to-understand guideline for policy makers and technologists. It can be used to understand, design, implement and sustain open government data initiatives. The document is tailored to the needs and constraints of developing countries, but it can be used by anyone interested in opening up data. It contains the core principles of openness, best practices and case studies, checklists, step-by-step guidelines and practical policy recommendations.

The document is an evolving tool. If you would like to make comments to our current version, click below on "working version". To view the latest released edition of the Guidelines, click on "2nd edition". We also provide the Japanese version of the 1st Edition for your reference.

 


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Strengthening of Capacities of Developing Countries to Provide Access to Information for Sustainable Development through Open Government Data

Opening up government data is fundamentally about more efficient use of public resources and improving service delivery for citizens. The effects of open data utilization are potentially far reaching for sustainable development with a positive impact on innovation, transparency, accountability, participatory governance and economic growth. Open Government Data (OGD) can help countries improve development programmes and track progress, prevent corruption and improve aid effectiveness. The benefits of open data and improved access to public information gain greater visibility and relevance today in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The development account project on “Strengthening of Capacities of Developing Countries to Provide Access to Information for Sustainable Development through Open Government Data (OGD)”, was approved in the summer of 2014, and is being implemented by DESA through its Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM). It focuses on four developing countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Panama and Uruguay. The project aims to support the needs for increased awareness of OGD requirements among government officials and other stakeholders while addressing capacities needed for developing action plans for implementing OGD initiatives. DPADM is working in close collaboration with relevant government agencies in host countries, as well as the UN regional commissions in Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and UNDP country offices.

Through eight national and two regional level capacity building events, DPADM aims at assisting target countries with the development of policy frameworks and understanding demands of technical infrastructure required for implementing OGD initiatives, particularly in thematic areas relevant to the achievement of the sustainable development goals. It will strive to strengthen the open data community in each target country and stimulate south-south knowledge transfer on OGD by bringing together OGD-beginners with more OGD-advanced countries during regional workshops. The workshops are targeting high and mid-level government authorities, relevant public servants, as well as the broader OGD ecosystem and key stakeholders in each country. They offer opportunities for questions and answers after experts’ presentations to allow for a broader understanding on specific OGD topics.

Go to OGD News to view recently held and upcoming national capacity development sensitization workshops.

Access the Project Fact Sheet here.


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OGD Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning, Kathmandu, Nepal, 3-5 November 2015

The fourth national workshop on Open Government Data Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning from 3-5 November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal was oragnized by DPADM partnering with the National Information Commission.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

Training on OGD for Sustainable Development, Panama City, Panama, 19-23 October 2015

This training is organized by DESA/DPADM in partnership with the Autoridad Nacional de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información (ANTAI) and the Autoridad Nacional para la Innovación (AIG) of the government of Panama. DESA/DPADM is also engaging the Economic and Social Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) as well as the UNDP country office in Panama. The training enhance awareness and knowledge on OGD-related topics among middle-level public servants, statisticians, CIOs, ICT personnel, middle-level public servants, statisticians, CIOs, ICT personnel, CSO and private sector representatives, journalists and media representatives. As a result, it will contribute to the development of an open data strategy and to strengthen the OGD ecosystem and open data community in Panama.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

Training on OGD for Sustainable Development, Montevideo, Uruguay, 27 September - 2 October 2015

This training is organized by DESA/DPADM in partnership with the Agencia para el Desarrollo del Gobierno de Gestión Electrónica y la Sociedad de la Información y del Conocimiento (AGESIC) of the Government of Uruguay. The training will contribute to development of an open data strategy and establishment of open data community in Uruguay. It is expected to prepare a draft inventory of public datasets for publishing in open and reusable formats. The participants will also draft an outline of the Second National Action Plan on Advancing OGD initiatives in Uruguay.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

OGD Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 23-25 August 2015

The third national workshop on Open Government Data Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning from 23 to 25 August 2015 in Dhaka was organized by DPADM partnering with the Access to Information Programme of the Prime Minister’s office of the Government of Bangladesh.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

OGD Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning, Panama City, Panama, 28-30 July 2015

The second national workshop on Open Government Data Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning from 28 to 30 June 2015 in Panama City was oragnized by DPADM partnering with the Autoridad Nacional de Transparencia y Asseso a la Información (ANTAI), in collaboration with the Autoridad Nacional para la Innovacion Gubernamental (AIG) of the Government of Panama.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

OGD Sensitization, Gap Assessment and Strategic Planning, Montevideo, Uruguay, 12-14 May 2015

The first national capacity development sensitization workshop on open data delivered within this project was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 12-14 May. The workshop was organized by DPADM partnering with the Agencia para el Desarrollo del Gobierno de Gestión Electrónica y la Sociedad de la Información y del Conocimiento (AGESIC) of the Government of Uruguay.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

Report of the Workshop on Open Government Data

The report of the workshop "Next Stage in Open Government Data: Using Data for Transparency, Accountability and Collaboration”, held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10 to 12 October 2012 is now available in UNPAN.

To view the report and other documents related to the workshop, please click here.

Workshop on Future Government: A Global Perspective in Connection to OGD and Citizen Engagement
The report of the Workshop on Future Government: A Global Perspective in Connection to OGD and Citizen Engagement is already available. The meeting was held on 16-17 May 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

To read the document, please click here.      
Open Data in New York City: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
Girish Chhugani and Andrew Nicklin, from the Information Technology and Telecommunications office of the City of New York, shared their experiences with the NYC Open Data during a seminar held in DPADM's office in New York.

To read more about the event, please click
 here.

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