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Open Data on the Federal Government (BR0084)



Action Plan: Brazil National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Planning, Development and Management

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Planning, Development and Management Chamber of Deputies Ministry of Justice and Citizenship, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Government Secretariat; Group Public Policy Research on the access to information (GPOPAI-USP), Socioeconomic Studies Institute (INESC) Open Knowledge Brasil Our Network São Paulo W3C Brasil

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, E-Government, Open Data, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Brazil Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Lead government institution: Ministry of Planning, Development and Management; Civil servant in charge for implementing at lead government institution: Elise Sueli Pereira Gonçalves; Position - Department General Coordinator/Data and Public Services Coordination; E-mail:; Telephone: 55 61 2020-1123; Other involved actors: Government: Ministry of Planning, Development and Management Chamber of Deputies Ministry of Justice and Citizenship Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Government Secretariat; Civil society, private sector, group of workers and multilateral actors: Group Public Policy Research on the access to information (GPOPAI-USP), Socioeconomic Studies Institute (INESC) Open Knowledge Brasil Our Network São Paulo W3C Brasil; Status quo or problem/issue to be addressed: Association failure between data provision and request; Main objective: To foster data provision and its use, enhancing the open data policy; Commitment short description: Carrying out communication activities aimed at society mobilization and sensitization, and making use of institutional channels for personal and virtual discussions about the theme; OGP Challenge addressed by the Commitment: Improvement of Public Services Establishment of more secure communities; Commitment relevance: Open data policy susceptibility identification; Goal: To raise government and society participation in discussions, in order to assure a bonding between open data requested from citizens and what is offered by the State, taking into account not only data, but IT tools as well and suitable ways of making information available

IRM Midterm Status Summary

I. Open Data on the Federal Government

Commitment Text:

Identify and implement mechanism for recognizing solvable or mitigable problems, upon the data presented by the government, which meets expectations from requesters and providers

To raise government and society participation in discussions, in order to assure a bonding between open data requested from citizens and what is offered by the State, taking into account not only data, but IT tools as well and suitable ways of making information available. In order to implement this initiative, the commitment envisages carrying out communication activities aimed at society mobilization and sensitization, and making use of institutional channels for personal and virtual discussions about the theme.

1.1 – Identification, among the parties involved in each action, the supplier of relevant resources, for enabling foreseen benchmarks, defined during the planning phase

1.2 – Evaluation of open data social participation, via virtual channels throughout the process

1.3 – Integrated information actions for mobilization and sensitization/Taking advantage of institutional channels, personal and virtual, for discussions about provided and requested open data

1.4 – Training for recognizing solvable problems, in themes (design thinking) – Ministries of Health, Environment, Justice and Citizenship, Culture, Education/ Identify, with the help of governmental agencies, concrete situations, which can be tackled with open data

1.5 – Systematization of information and problems perceived during training

1.6 – Identification of prospective data for alleviating problematic situations, assured the consensus among all actors

1.7 – Establishing a collective action agenda among the actors, for open data use

1.8 – Prioritization of two identified problems

1.9 – Implementation of two pilot experiments, with open data use, and with assured association between provided and requested data

Responsible institution: Ministry of Planning, Development and Management

Supporting institutions: Chamber of Deputies, Ministry of Justice and Citizenship, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Government Secretariat, Group Public Policy Research on the access to information (GPOPAI-USP), Socioeconomic Studies Institute (INESC), Open Knowledge Brasil, Our Network São Paulo, W3C Brasil

Start date: December 2016.. End date: November 2018

Context and Objectives

In spite of the increasing supply of open data by the government, the use of these datasets by civil society organizations, journalists, and the private sector is low. The commitment aims to better align the government supply of open data with the demand for data by the public. To do this, the commitment will generate new open data processes that identify both civil society needs and government capacity.

The commitment addresses a frequent issue raised by civil society. The 2017 Abrelatam and Condatos open data events, for example, focused on the need to measure the impact and use of open data efforts. Beth Noveck of GovLab emphasized at the August 2017 event, 'Don’t tell me how many datasets you opened, tell me how many lives you improved and problems solved.'[1] Thiago Ávila, from the Open Knowledge Foundation, suggests—based on a McKinsey and Company report—that by 2020, 67 percent of all open data in the world will be useless for solving problems unless we address the needs of users and uses of open data procedures.[2]

The commitment has medium specificity. On the one hand, it outlines the ultimate aim of running two pilot experiments using open data. It also specifies a series of intermediate steps. Those steps include evaluating the channels for participation on issues of open data, conducting trainings on how to identify problems that can be solved with open data, and identifying the type of data that is necessary for solving problems through government and civil society consensus. On the other hand, the scope of the various deliverables is unclear, reducing the measurability of the overall commitment.

It should be noted that the government proposed a new version of the commitment milestones[3] in August 2017, with the approval of civil society. The government plans to use the updated version of the commitment for the rest of the implementation period. The new version includes as a final deliverable the same two pilot experiments. However, it also includes more consultation and collaborative processes (such as a survey and a data-sharing report), as well as a private-sector-sponsored award for the best innovation.

The commitment is relevant to the following OGP values: access to information, civic participation, and technology and innovation. It proposes both releasing new open data and involving citizens in the identification of priority datasets for release.

The commitment has a minor potential impact, as written. The release of datasets based on an initial identification of end-user demands constitutes an important rethinking of open data processes. However, pilot experiments are more likely to inspire future projects rather than produce a direct impact on open government, especially within a two-year period. A government representative (Augusto Herrmann) shared this viewpoint but acknowledged that the potential impact in the long term could be higher. Ultimately, the success of the commitment will depend on the selected pilot experiments, which will in turn depend on the quality of the prioritization process and the issues addressed.


The level of commitment completion is limited.

Milestones 1.1-1.5 were completed: the identification of the actors with the resources to achieve the milestones, the evaluation of social participation in the field of open data, the mobilization and awareness-raising activities, and the systematization of information were delivered. However, these milestones were not fulfilled as they were originally intended. Milestones 1.6-1.9 were not started as of mid-2017.

The government did, internally, propose a new set of milestones in July 2017. These milestones have not been submitted to OGP to be considered as formal milestones of the commitment. (Though they have been discussed with civil society counterparts during all monitoring meetings, there is still a need to submit them to OGP.)

The IRM assessment is based on the formal action plan submitted to OGP (and not on new and unofficial milestones). However, the commitment’s progress follows a slightly different pace under the proposed new milestones. The first proposed milestone closely mirrors milestones 1.2 and 1.3. It involves collecting information to identify key areas that could use more open datasets. To implement this milestone, the government developed a survey to identify civil society problems that can be solved with open data.[4] It also began an analysis of information requests by civil society representatives of Colab, a research center at the University of São Paulo that carries out research on access to information and transparency. The analysis has not been published as of the writing of this report. This information is being systematized and drafted as a report with the participation of civil society.[5]

Actions on the other four new milestones have not started. The government (Augusto Herrmann) and the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (INESC, Carmela Zigoni)—both interviewed by the IRM researcher—confirmed this.

As written in the action plan, milestone 1.4 was planned to be delivered by October 2017, which puts the commitment currently behind schedule. As the government representative mentioned during the interview, the team responsible for the commitment changed—and has become smaller—since the start of the action plan. Consequently, the government needed to redesign the milestones and provide a more focused approach. Thus, the redesign delayed implementation. This information was confirmed by INESC, which was also interviewed by the IRM researcher.

Early Results (if any)

Based on the preliminary draft of the report on the nature of current information requests,[6] civil society primarily demands data related to public expenditures in health and education. Beyond this initial assessment, however, limited results have been achieved. The full picture of this commitment’s results will emerge once the pilot projects are implemented.

Next Steps

The commitment constitutes a first step toward promoting more effective open data policies and should continue to be implemented. The government should define other specific activities that align civil society needs with government open data plans and advance these efforts. These efforts can be advanced by building on existing and unused open datasets. Work should also be done to align civil society needs with the pro-active disclosure of other information and documents (not only datasets).

[1] Elza Maria Albuquerque and Natalia Mazotte, 'Look at the Problem and Measure the Impact: Key Findings at the Meeting of the Latin American Open Data Community,' Open Knowledge Brasil, 1 September 2017,

[2] Elza Maria Albuquerque and Thiago Avila, 'What Will We Do with the 40 Trillion Gigabytes of Data Available in 2020?' Open Knowledge Brasil, 29 September 2017,

[3] Ministerio da Transparencia, Fiscalizacao e Controladoria-Geral da Uniao, Relatorio de Status de Execucao de Compromisso,

[4] 'Questionario para Directionar os Esforcos do Governo Federal na Abertura de Dados,' Google Groups, 3 August 2017,!msg/inda-br/NnwFPtVFVjQ/I7KvDSysDQAJ.

[5] 'Ministerio do Planejamento, Desenvolvimento e Gestao,' Google Drive,

[6] 'Ministerio do Planejamento, Desenvolvimento e Gestao,' Google Drive.


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  3. Scientific Data Governance

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  4. Capacity-Building and Oversight on Nutrition Policy

    BR0103, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Transport Data

    BR0104, 2018, E-Government

  6. Transparency and Oversight in Infrastructure Repair Processes

    BR0105, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Increase Participation in Legislative Process

    BR0106, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Urban and Rural Land Registers

    BR0107, 2018, E-Government

  9. Climate Change Policy Evaluation

    BR0108, 2018, E-Government

  10. Water Resource Management

    BR0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, Access to Information

  12. Open Data on the Federal Government

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  13. Transparency of Public Funds

    BR0085, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Promptness and Effectiveness to Information Requests

    BR0086, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Requesters’ Personal Information Safeguard

    BR0087, 2016, Access to Information

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  17. Starred commitment Digital Educational Resources

    BR0089, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, Access to Information

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  20. Innovation Spaces for Management in Public Services

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  22. Open Innovation and Transparency in the Legislative

    BR0094, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Fostering Open Government in States and Municipalities

    BR0095, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Access to Justice

  25. Social Participation in Federal Government’S Planning Cycle

    BR0097, 2016, E-Government

  26. Open Data and Active Transparency in Environment Issues

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  27. Mapping and Participatory Management for Culture

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    BR0040, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0045, 2013, E-Government

  41. Implementation of the Document Management Policy in the Federal Government

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  42. Development of the “Access to Information Library”

    BR0047, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0048, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0050, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0051, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0052, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0058, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0059, 2013, Capacity Building

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    BR0060, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0061, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0062, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0063, 2013, Peace & Security

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    BR0064, 2013, Public Participation

  60. Open Educational Data

    BR0065, 2013, Access to Information

  61. Improvement of Data Transparency from the National Consumer Protection Information System (Sindec)

    BR0066, 2013, Access to Information

  62. Restructuring of the Brazilian Federal Government Transparency Portal

    BR0067, 2013, Access to Information

  63. Electronic System for Public Consultations

    BR0068, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0069, 2013, Health

  65. Participatory Development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Justice

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    BR0071, 2013, Access to Information

  67. Development of the Unique Health System Letter

    BR0072, 2013, Health

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    BR0073, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0077, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0078, 2013, Private Sector

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    BR0079, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0080, 2013, Health

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    BR0081, 2013, Gender

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    BR0082, 2013, Labor

  78. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

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    BR0001, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0002, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0003, 2011, Access to Information

  82. Information Services Model

    BR0004, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0005, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0006, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0007, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0009, 2011, Capacity Building

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    BR0010, 2011, Capacity Building

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  90. Organization of the National Seminar on Social Participation

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    BR0017, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0019, 2011, Access to Information

  98. Aquarius Platform

    BR0020, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0021, 2011, E-Government

  100. Restructuring the Transparency Portal

    BR0022, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0023, 2011, E-Government

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    BR0024, 2011, E-Government

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    BR0025, 2011, E-Government

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    BR0026, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0027, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  106. Contractual Management of IT Services

    BR0028, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  107. Implementation of Pro-Ethics Company Registry

    BR0029, 2011, Private Sector

  108. Systemic Integration of Ombudsman Units

    BR0030, 2011, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

  109. Continued Training for Public Ombudsman Units

    BR0031, 2011, Capacity Building

  110. Public Services Portal

    BR0032, 2011, Access to Information

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