Background work > Public governance

Toward open data

Transparency in government is the solution to many ills. It promotes honesty, it supports accountability and it limits the effects of undue influence on policy by special interest groups. The more transparency we have in both the public and private sector, the better off we are.

Governments are enormous data-gathering organisations. Having an “open data” policy means that this data must be made freely available to the public. This can be a daunting task, even for governments with the best of intentions. This is not because they have something to hide, but simply because many governmental agencies and institutions are poorly equipped to make their data accessible. For those who succeed, however, the benefits are significant.

As part of its work on open government data (OGD), the OECD has created OURdata, an index that assesses governments’ efforts to implement OGD in three critical areas: Openness, Usefulness and Re-usability. The results are promising. Those countries that began the process in earnest some five years ago today rank very high on the scale. Those who have started the process but are lagging can draw on the experience of other OECD countries, and benefit from a clear roadmap to guide them.

Digital government

The Digital Government Toolkit is designed to help you implement the OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies.

The Recommendation provides a roadmap for governments into how to use digital technologies to encourage innovation, transparency, and efficiency in the public sector.

By comparing good practices across OECD countries, this site can guide decision-makers in using digital technologies to encourage innovation, transparency, and efficiency in the public sector.

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OUR data: openness, usefulness and re-usability

The OECD OURdata Index assesses governments’ efforts to implement open data in the three critical areas: openness, usefulness and re-usability of government data.

Open government data and E-leaders

Open government data is a philosophy - and increasingly a set of policies - that promotes transparency, accountability and value creation by making government data available to all.

OECD E-Leaders

At their 2016 event, the OECD E-Leaders discussed how to make data-driven public sectors a reality.

Social media use by governments

Focusing on institutions - as opposed to personalities - this analysis examines social media use by governments and how it can deliver better public services and create more open policy processes.