Using data for transparency, accountability and collaboration

Workshop on Next Stage in Open Government Data: Using Data for Transparency, Accountability and Collaboration will be organized in Cape Town, South Africa on 10-12 October

The workshop is arranged by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) and co-organized with the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) of the South African Ministry of Public Administration in conjunction with the annual United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN)-Southern African Development Community (SADC) Partners Meeting of CPSI. Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, the workshop will focus on “Next Stage in Open Government Data: Using Data for Transparency, Accountability and Collaboration”. 

Open government data (OGD) is strongly linked with DPADM’s work areas as it is an online service by governments (electronic and mobile government) and an important initiative to strengthen participatory governance, which allows citizens to monitor data streams and thereby monitor the government (transparency, corruption). It also allows citizens to be aware of important issues and to be part of the decision-making process to address policy issues (citizen engagement, e-participation).

Aware of the emerging trends in the area of open data and challenges in legal, institutional and technical frameworks, DPADM is in the process of developing a toolkit on OGD which serves as an entry point for those UN Member States who plan to share data with their constituents. The toolkit includes strategies for opening government data, templates that governments can customize for their own needs, technologies for opening data, recommendations about the data hosting applications and platforms. In summary, step by step instructions for public officials interested in sharing government data online. 

During the workshop, participants, mostly from developing countries and particularly from Africa, will be trained not only on how to utilize technologies to publish their datasets, but also on the next steps after publishing government data to ensure that the effort in publishing data leads to its effective usage. Most inspiring examples from leading countries will be shared with the participants. Since the majority of the countries have inadequate resources to implement systems for publishing data, emphasis will be given to free or low-cost technology solutions for publishing government data.  

Approximately 60 participants are expected. Participants include Government and public administration officials, including a knowledge management coordinator from each of the SADC countries, key citizens’ e/m-government experts from academia and research institution, civil society and private sector representatives, officials from DPADM Partner Organizations, as well as staff from the United Nations system. 

For more information: 
United Nations Public Administration Network