Endorse the ODC Principles

Endorsing the Open Data Charter provides access to a global network that connects data experts with our government partners to help them address the problems their citizens care about with smart, standardised use of open data.

Why should organizations endorse the ODC Principles?

The ODC has a global network of experts, public officials and civil society organisations who are working to open up data to deliver results. Civil society and other organisations play a key role in assisting adopting governments with the implementation of the ODC’s shared set of principles including by:

  1. Serving as a pool of technical expertise from which adopting governments can reach out for guidance regarding data standards, open data measurement, data publication etc.
  2. Taking part in the work of the ODC’s Implementation Working Group (IWG), which provides government adopters and endorsers alike opportunities to support adopting governments and institutions, share best practice and shape resources aimed at helping governments and organisations become open by default.

How to endorse

Organizations who are not governmental or intergovernmental (such as NGOs, companies, professional organizations, etc.) who wish to endorse the ODC principles may do so by sharing the following information as outlined in the steps below.

  1. A brief statement endorsing the Open Data Charter and activities that your organization will undertake to promote the ODC principles with your organization’s letterhead.
  2. Identify a key individual within the organization to act as the main point of contact for updates on the ODC: name, title, email address.
  3. The URL to your website and social media platforms.
  4. Your logo to be included on our “Endorsing Institutions” page.
  5. Once you’ve gathered all these documents, you may simply use this form.

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