In 2013, the G8 countries committed to an Open Data Charter, recognising the importance of open data in promoting innovation and government transparency.
The Open Data Charter identifies open data as “an untapped resource with huge potential to encourage the building of stronger, more interconnected societies that better meet the needs of our citizens and allow innovation and prosperity to flourish”.
The G8 nations committed to five principles guiding the access, release and re-use of data:
- Open Data by Default
- Quality and Quantity
- Useable by All
- Releasing Data for Improved Governance
- Releasing Data for Innovation
Under the Charter, G8 nations have committed to implementing the five principles by end 2015, “while working within our national political and legal frameworks” and “in accordance with the technical best practises and time frames”.
The Open Data Charter was signed in June 2013 by the G8 nations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US, at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.
Access the full report: G8 Open Data Charter