Actions and Detail Panel
Open Data Charter as a Vehicle for Change – From Promise to Delivery (BBL)
Tue, February 28, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST
For at least the last ten years there has been growing support for the idea that greater government transparency and evidence-based policy making will improve the lives of citizens. This is now under threat. In a post-truth world, where experts are dismissed and authoritarianism is on the rise, how do those of us that support openness in government fight back? How can the open data movement work to defend the gains made to date and continue to make our institutions deliver for us?
If we think about the open data sector at a transition point – from promising, precocious adolescent to more mature, proven young adult, what are our ‘growing pains’ and the lessons we have learned? How do we maintain the momentum of the open data movement, allowing it to deliver on its potential, and positing it as an essential part of the solution to today’s most pressing political challenges?
Join to hear directly from the Open Data Charter team while they are in town - Ania Calderon (new Executive Director), Liz Carolan (Strategy and Programme Director), and Robert Palmer (Partnerships and Communication Director).
The Open Data Charter was set up as a Global Multi-Stakeholder Action Network with two types of leading members: Stewards and Lead Stewards. Members of these two groups form different working groups according to their interests. The principles in the international Open Data Charter provide governments with a common foundation upon which to realise the full potential of open data for their own jurisdiction.
Ania Calderon, Executive Director, led the national open data policy in Mexico for the past 3 years delivering a key presidential mandate on opening up government data in more than 200 public institutions and a network of over 40 cities in Mexico and strengthening open data commitments globally.
Liz Carolan, Strategy and Programme Director, is a leading open data policy expert who has supported leaders from over 30 countries to implement open data in their governments. She built the ODI’s international development practice, having developed and delivered governance programmes for the Institute for Government, and the Africa Governance Initiative.
Robert Palmer, Partnerships and Communication Director, has a track-record of building diverse coalitions to achieve substantial political change through his work combating money laundering at Global Witness.