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According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, transparency occurs when “government-held information (including on activities and decisions) is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the public, and meets basic open data standards (e.g. raw data, machine readability) where formats allow.” Transparency empowers citizens to exercise their rights, hold the government accountable, and participate in decision-making processes. Transparency is one of the three OGP values, along with citizen participation and public accountability. Examples of relevant activities include the proactive or reactive publication of government-held information; legal or institutional frameworks to strengthen the right to information; and disclosing information using open data standards.

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