On June 18th, 2013 at the Lough Erne Summit, the President of the French Republic and the chiefs of State and Government of the G8 Member States adopted an Open Data Charter which marked our collective commitment to “open economies, open societies and open governments as the basis of lasting growth and stability”.
G8 Summit in Lough Erne, 18 June 2013 — Photo credits: French Presidency of the Republic
The Government’s commitment to transparency and Open Data stems from a long republican and democratic tradition in France. Article 15 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen of 26 August 1789 states that “Society has the right to require of every public agent an account of its administration.”
The development of Open Data policy in France, starting in 2011 with the creation of the Prime Minister’s taskforce Etalab (data.gouv.fr) for Open Governement Data, marked a resolute commitment to foster innovation, economic growth and government reform in addition to this long-standing commitment to transparency.
This Action Plan for France summarizes the context of Open Government Policy in our country and presents the main priorities for further development to which the French government is committing:
- Progressing towards publishing data openly by default
- Building an open platform to encourage innovation and transparency
- Developing Open Data policy in consultation with citizensand civil society
- Supporting open innovation in France and throughout the world
The action plan is released here:
- English: Action Plan for France – G8 Open Data Charter
- French: Plan d’Action pour la France – Charte Open Data du G8