Policy paper

Open Data Charter

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Charter on open data signed by G8 leaders to promote transparency, innovation and accountability.



G8 leaders signed the Open Data Charter on 18 June 2013.

The Open Data Charter sets out 5 strategic principles that all G8 members will act on. These include an expectation that all government data will be published openly by default, alongside principles to increase the quality, quantity and re-use of the data that is released. G8 members have also identified 14 high-value areas – from education to transport, and from health to crime and justice – from which they will release data. These will help unlock the economic potential of open data, support innovation and provide greater accountability.