Sharing governmental information in open, accessible and structured formats can substantially increase transparency and accountability in public policy design and implementation. Furthermore, it enables broad social engagement in the process. Hence, opening data and acknowledging the demands of the population that arise from this is essential to promoting social equality and effective public administration.
This theme has been discussed since the 8 Principles of Open Government Data were published and it has increased its importance in government, civil society and developers´ communities. Many debates regarding open data have been held in many conferences and workshops around the world for the past five years. W3C Government Linked Data (GLD) Working Group and W3C eGovernment Interest Group gather experts about this theme and have been developing important documents about it.
W3C Brazil Office has been actively engaged in these discussions and has developed the project Open Data for Development (OD4D) in Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with, the European Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), within the scope of the Observatory for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (OSILAC) and the International Development and Research Center of Canada (IDRC). The OD4D is as a trilingual (Portuguese, Spanish and English) portal aimed at producing further knowledge on Open Data and its potential to improve the quality of public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to contribute to the body of knowledge on Open Data and its potential to improve the quality of public policies in the region, the OD4D website compiles articles, documents, videos and several data on the topic. In addition to the content produced through the project (manuals, guides, scientific articles, lectures, seminars, workshops), the website foresees collaboration from society to add to its content.
Raising awareness among governments and civil society of the usefulness and potential of Open Data in public policies, furthering awareness of the importance of Open Data, as well as supporting its use and fostering new data opening initiatives are the expected results of W3C Brazil Office for OD4D.