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Adoption of the International Open Data Charter

This paper proposed that New Zealand adopt the International Open Data Charter. Open data is non-personal, unrestricted data that anyone can freely access, use, and share. It is data that is easily accessible, openly licensed, and available in a machine-readable format. Open government data is non-personal, unclassified, and non-confidential and is an immensely valuable asset. Through increased availability, open data can be used by the private, public, and non-government sectors to drive innovation and contribute to economic, social, and environmental progress, as well as support public accountability and engagement with government.

The charter is a non-binding agreement with six principles and supporting actions, mandating data should be:

  • open by default 
  • timely and comprehensive 
  • accessible and usable 
  • comparable and interoperable 
  • for improved governance and citizen engagement 
  • for inclusive development and innovation.

Implementing these principles and actions will:

  • reinforce New Zealand’s continued commitment to open data
  • ensure New Zealand remains internationally aligned 
  • provide government agencies with a more modern and clear articulation of principles and supporting actions for accelerating the release of open government data.

The charter supports and builds on the New Zealand Declaration on Open and Transparent Government and the supporting Data and Information Management Principles. The charter reinforces the government’s existing expectations on agencies to be proactively releasing high value open data, and working towards an ‘open by default’ approach.

To read the paper (and the Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee’s minute of decision) download the printable PDFs from ‘Available files’. If you have problems viewing the files, see opening files and PDFs.

Cabinet approval

Adoption of the International Open Data Charter was signed by the Minister of Statistics on 9 August 2017, considered by the Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee on 16 August 2017, and approved by Cabinet on 21 August 2017.

Published 22 September 2017

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