Sector: #cofog0132 - Overall planning and statistical services (CS)


Charter on open data signed by G8 leaders to promote transparency, innovation and accountability.
The charter was approved at the Lough Erne 2013 Summit of the G8.

Its principles

Further details:

In the media


G8 Open Data Charter


To promote transparency, innovation and accountability.

Principle 1: Open Data by Default:
We recognise that free access to, and subsequent re-use of, open data are of significant value to society and the economy.
We agree to orient our governments towards open data by default.
We recognise that the term government data is meant in the widest sense possible. This could apply to data owned by national, federal, local, or international government bodies, or by the wider public sector.
We recognise that there is national and international legislation, in particular pertaining to intellectual property, personally-identifiable and sensitive information, which must be observed.

Principle 2: Quality and Quantity:
We recognise that governments and the public sector hold vast amounts of information that may be of interest to citizens.
We also recognise that it may take time to prepare high-quality data, and the importance of consulting with each other and with national, and wider, open data users to identify which data to prioritise for release or improvement.

Principle 3: Usable by All:
We agree to release data in a way that helps all people to obtain and re-use it.
We recognise that open data should be available free of charge in order to encourage their most widespread use.
We agree that when open data are released, it should be done without bureaucratic or administrative barriers, such as registration requirements, which can deter people from accessing the data.

Principle 4: Releasing Data for Improved Governance:
We recognise that the release of open data strengthens our democratic institutions and encourages better policy-making to meets the needs of our citizens. This is true not only in our own countries but across the world.
We also recognise that interest in open data is growing in other multilateral organisations and initiatives.

Principle 5: Releasing Data for Innovation
Recognising the importance of diversity in stimulating creativity and innovation, we agree that the more people and organisations that use our data, the greater the social and economic benefits that will be generated. This is true for both commercial and non-commercial uses.




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