Governments, public agencies, national departments and other public organisations, regularly collect important corpuses of data in order to conduct their activities; data that is usually handled as a simple repository of information at hand of the responsible authorities. However, we believe that this data should be made available to the citizens, in order to create additional value and benefit from its innovative potential. Open data is fundamental to guarantee public transparency and help citizens take decisions and only by establishing the conviction, and setting the necessary measures, to guarantee that public data is made open, reusable and easily available will civic engagement, economic activity and public trust be enhanced.
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Committed to the objective of unleashing the potential of open data for all the sectors of society, the HOMER project has published the following Manifesto, setting the basis for the use, treatment and formatting of open data and public information. If you agreee with us ENDORSE our MANIFESTO.
A) Public data must be open and reusable by default: Unless specific, justified and clearly communicated reasons prevent it public data must be open, reusable and of public domain.
B) Public data must be accessible in a planned, timely and easy way for users: Data must be provided in the most appropriate timing, giving enough time to grant its verification but soon enough to ensure its relevance; and it must be provided in different formats so as to ensure its processing by different systems. A concise planning for data provision must be developed by public administrations.
C) Open Data must have a broad and significant social and economic impact: Open data must have a critical social and economic impact and must constitute something more than a simple repository of information. - -- Public data must be understood as a social and economic investment and must be provided in a way that allows its reuse and exploitation by public and private agents.
D) Open Data must be embedded with high quality and clearly defined standards to turn it into useful information: Public data provision must be subject to clearly defined and agreed standards that guarantee the access to all and promote a purpose-driven use. Formatted open data catalogues must help increase the usability of public services data.
E) Open Data must be subjected to an agreed open data transparency code: A federated standard for open data transparency must be endorsed in order to promote public trust and a sense of information reliability among its users.
F) Open Data reuse must have a cross-country and cross-societal impact: Open data must have an accretive value among sectors and countries. A federated approach towards open data must allow surmounting societal and territorial barriers for data and information.
G) Open data must build public trust and civic engagement: Open data must become a key element for civic engagement and permanent participation between citizens and public authorities. Open data must be provided and used in a way that allows users to understand its potentialities and capacities of involvement.