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Open data project for Latin America, Caribbean launched

Brazil: The Open Data for the Development of Public Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (OD4D) project has been launched for Latin America and Caribbean. The objective of OD4D project is to contribute to the development of Open Data strategies leading to accountability, innovative services and effective public policies, thus promoting a more inclusive economy of knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project is implemented in partnership with the International Development and Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, W3C Brazil and the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).

The OD4D has 6 specific objectives:

– To map out the main initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean for structured economic, social and environmental data sharing and to design a methodological framework to examine the relationship between opening data and the quality of public policies.
– To study and discuss alternative strategies to foster technical training in governmental agencies and observatories in the region, thus implementing open data repositories for the design, monitoring and assessment of public policies.
– To support research networks in Latin America and the Caribbean in producing new information and creating innovative applications and services based on open data.
– To examine the relationship between more inclusive economic development and the opening of data in key economic segments.
– To raise awareness among the community of public policy makers, public servants and researches of the potential of Open Data and appropriate strategies for its successful implementation.
– To assess the potential of Open Data strategies in the design and implementation of public policies aimed at promoting economic development and social inclusion in Latin American countries and in the Caribbean.

Source: GSDI