Prime Minister Stephen Harper today formally adopted an Open Data Charter with other G-8 Leaders at the Lough Erne Summit in Northern Ireland. In keeping with the Charter, the Prime Minister announced the upcoming launch of a new Government Open Data Portal, data.gc.ca, which will provide Canadians with unprecedented access to government data and information. The next-generation Open Data Portal will be officially launched on June 18, 2013, by Treasury Board President Tony Clement.
Each principle contains high-level "we will" commitments.
Principle 1: Open Data by Default
Principle 2: Quality and Quantity
Principle 3: Usable by All
Principle 4: Releasing Data for Improved Governance
Principle 5: Releasing Data for Innovation
UPDATE: Down in the technical annex there are some very specific commitments, including metadata mapping on GitHub.
Action 1: G8 National Action Plans
- We will publish individual action plans detailing how we will implement the Open Data Charter according to our national frameworks (October 2013)
- We will report progress on an annual basis (via the G8 Accountability Working Group) (2014 and 2015)
Action 2: Release of high value data
- As a first step, we will collectively make key datasets on National Statistics, National Maps, National Elections and National Budgets available and discoverable (from June 2013), and we will work towards improving their granularity and accessibility (by December 2013)
- We recognise that collective action by all G8 members has the potential to unlock barriers and foster innovative solutions to some of the challenges we are facing. We therefore agree on a mutual effort to increase the supply of open government data available on key functions of our States, such as democracy and environment. We will work on identifying datasets in these areas by December 2013, with an aim to release them by December 2014.
- We will set out in our national action plans how and when we will release data under the remaining categories according to our national frameworks (October 2013).
Action 3: Metadata mapping
- We have contributed to and commit to maintaining the G8 metadata mapping exercise (June 2013)
- This mapping can be viewed on Github and comprises a collective mapping ‘index’ across G8 member’s metadata, and a detailed page on each G8 member use of metadata within their national portal.
2013 Lough Erne G8 Leaders' Communiqué
UPDATE 2013-06-19: The communiqué contains additional commitments in the Open Data section, including
48. This Open Data Charter will increase the supply of open government data across a number of key categories including health, environment and transport; support democratic processes; and ensure that all data supplied are easy to use. We encourage others to adopt this Charter. G8 members will, by the end of this year, develop action plans, with a view to implementation of the Charter and technical annex by the end of 2015 at the latest. We will review progress at our next meeting in 2014.
49. In keeping with the Open Data Charter principles, transparent data on G8 development assistance are also essential for accountability. We have all agreed to implement the Busan Common Standard on Aid Transparency, including both the Creditor Reporting System of the OECD Development Assistance Committee and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), by 2015. To show greater G8 leadership we will ensure data on G8 development assistance is open, timely, comprehensive and comparable.
50. G8 members should over time apply the Busan common transparency standards to their respective Development Finance Institutions and international public climate finance flows consistent with the reporting of climate finance under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).ENDUPDATE
There's an article in the Globe and Mail: Ottawa to grant app developers access to federal information.