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Our Work Minimizar
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.

OGDCE Guidelines Minimizar
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.


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

This project aims at assisting the countries with the development of a policy framework and understanding the demands of technical infrastructure for implementation of OGD initiatives, particularly in thematic areas relevant to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including MDGs.

It will strive to strengthen the open data community within selected countries. The target beneficiaries include, but are not limited to government officials responsible for data coordination in the country such as Chief Information Officers (or equivalent), Information Privacy Commissioners, Procurement Divisions, and relevant government officials from ministries and institutions responsible for selected policies (e.g. Ministries of Planning). Indirect beneficiaries include citizens and communities at large. The project will also stimulate a south-south knowledge transfer and cross-fertilization of OGD by bringing together OGD-beginners with more OGD-advanced countries.

Access the Project Fact Sheet here.

OGD News Minimizar
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

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