Can Open Data be an Effective Tool to Fight Corruption?
Share your experiences and ideas for the Anti-Corruption Sector Package
When a group of people –now a global community– started to discuss and push the open data agenda a few years ago, the ultimate goal was to release the potential of data for creating new markets and solving public problems, regardless of who owns the data. Now, after thousands of datasets –mainly public– have been released in open formats, that same global community has started to question how the promises of open data can be made more tangible. On the economic side, there are clear indicators proving the benefits of open data. But on the social side, there are concerns on the slow progress towards making open data a key tool for solving the most pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, corruption and inequality.
That is one of the reasons why the International Open Data Charter launched an initiative to develop “sector packages”, or in other words, practical resources focused on the application of open data to address specific issues. The first of them will focus on anti-corruption. In a nutshell, the sector package is intended to tackle three challenges:
- Identify key datasets for anti-corruption and prioritize them according to their importance for critical interventions.
- Define the ideal format in which the identified data should be structured and published to allow higher interoperability across datasets.
- Document potential use cases based on the identified data that can generate new insights or tools to prevent, detect, investigate and sanction corruption. Previous experiences will be taken into account.
We invite anyone interested in pointing out key experiences, ideas, datasets or challenges to contribute with this initiative and engage in a global dialogue to transform open data into effective anti-corruption policies, mechanisms or tools.
You can access to the consultation form here.