With the purpose of broadening the scope of the Open Data Index (ODI) in Brazil and, particularly, achieving better knowledge of the situation of transparency and open data policies in other Brazilian cities, FGV’s Public Policy Analysis Division (DAPP) and Open Knowledge Brazil (OKBR) are mapping groups of people and organizations interested in conducting the survey in other municipalities.
The Brazilian editions of ODI were launched between April and May this year. Three indexes were developed for Brazil through the partnership between DAPP and OKBR: Open Data Index (ODI) Brasil, at national level, and ODI Sao Paulo and ODI Rio de Janeiro, at municipal level. The latter two are part of a pioneering initiative, since they represent Brazil’s first local ODIs, beyond the federal scope.
The goal of the Open Data Index is to assess the state of the open data policy of each country or city, taking into account all its features: the type of data that is disclosed, the formats, ease of access, and the transformation of data into information, among others.
It assesses several dimensions, such as public finance, socioeconomic, legislative, and electoral data, public services, geolocated information, and environmental indicators. The index also provides a reference parameter on the ability of governments to provide open data, presenting that information in a clear, easy to understand, and easy to use way.
This is a pioneer project in promoting transparency in Brazilian municipalities, as the index can be used as a tool for assessing and identifying bottlenecks, providing municipalities with guidance on how to improve their open data policies. The partnership between OKBR and DAPP aims to provide municipalities with tools to increase the effectiveness of their transparency and open data policies, and their ability to respond to and have a dialog with citizens.
Those interested in participating in the initiative must fill out the form by June 30.