Open data is often an integral part of promoting transparency, fighting corruption and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. But to implement ‘good’ open data, government departments must coordinate to share data that is intersectoral, linked, in standard open formats, and – most importantly – is relevant and current.
This practitioner-based participatory research was carried out by the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), leading experts in access to information in South Africa, who have been deeply engaged in research and advocacy around South Africa’s OGP commitments. The research discusses the challenge of coordination, drawing lessons for South Africa from experiences of coordination in other countries.
Three detailed case studies of OGP implementation – from Canada, the UK and Malawi – offer useful perspectives on coordination which are used to inform OGP implementation in South Africa. They are complemented by an in-depth analysis of the South African context – political, legal, financial and institutional.