Open data publication guide facilitates access to public information

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In order to define the guidelines that public institutions and their respective teams should follow, this Monday the National Open Data Commission launched the Open Data Publication Guide.

This guide was presented within the framework of the International Day of Universal Access to Information, through a virtual event that had the participation of the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Paola Vega Castillo; Chilean expert María José Méndez, who gave the talk “From Active Transparency to Effective Transparency on the road to an Open State” and representatives of the National Open Data Commission.

The guide can be downloaded through the website: https://www.gobiernoabierto.go.cr/ and was prepared by the public and private sectors and civil society organizations that make up the National Commission for Open Data.

This guide is an instrument that will guide Costa Rican institutions to comply with the provisions of Decree 40199-MP on the Opening of Public Data and Decree No. 40200-MP-MEIC-MC on Transparency and Access to Public Information ” .

Access to public information is considered a fundamental right, and the fact that citizens can count on it in open formats not only enables transparency or accountability, but also provides the opportunity for citizens to have inputs for the knowledge creation.

The national open data commission is chaired by the Ministry of Communication and has the participation of representatives of MICITT, MIDEPLAN, INEC, National Archive, CONARE, social organizations Abriendo Datos and Sulabtasú and representatives of the private sector, David Zamora, Jorge Umaña, Guillermo Rodríguez and Simón Echavarría.

Opening process

An open data is one that is available online, raw, in an open, neutral and interoperable format; that allows its use and reuse, available for download in full, without cost, or registration requirements and processable on a computer.

The opening of public data is a complex process, and hence the relevance of the Guide, since it establishes the technical specifications and standards to carry out this process in a standardized way.

The process includes ten stages, ranging from the identification of the demand, the evaluation of the available data, the analysis of the confidentiality of the information and how to protect it, to the publication and promotion of its use; among other.

Within the objectives of an opening of public data, it is sought to achieve more efficient institutions, identify, prevent and combat corruption. Also increase trust between different sectors of society and contribute to the improvement of sustainable cities.

These phases should be carried out with a view to achieving ever greater levels of openness, which promote evidence-based decision-making for all sectors, enable citizen empowerment, enriching the exercise of the right of access to public information and promoting participation. and public collaboration, among other benefits for society.

This implies that each institution must ensure the organizational conditions that allow locating and developing the opening of data on a continuous basis, supported by a permanent evaluation and improvement system that enhances its scope and operation, and that leads to the consolidation of an open government, transparent and effective in its actions.

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