The government open-up guide for agriculture is part of the Open-Up Guide series as hosted by the International Open Data Charter and developed by the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and the Open Data Institute (ODI)

The resource was financially supported by the Open Data for Development (OD4D) programme, a partnership funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

This website is an updated version of the Agriculture Open Data Package: Beta Version.


International Open Data Charter

The International Open Data Charter (the Charter) is a collaboration between governments and experts working to open up data. It was founded in 2015 around six principles for how governments should be publishing information. Read the full principles here. The aspiration was that data should be open by default, timely and interoperable. The Charter’s goal is to embed a culture and practice of openness in governments in ways that are resilient to change through opening up data.

The Charter is supported by a global multi-stakeholder action network. The Charter principles can be adopted by governments and international institutions. Adopting organisations are asked to provide a high-level statement of commitment, as well as to outline the specific and time-bound actions that they will take to further implementation of the Charter principles. Private-sector and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to endorse the principles of the Charter. Currently more than 70 governments and organisations have joined the movement.


The Charter Open Up Guides

An Open Up Guide is a curated resource, providing insights and guidance on how to make open data available, and to support the use of open data, in a particular sector.

Open Up Guides are designed to support strategic action and data interoperability. They identify key datasets, common standards and practices that charter supporters can implement.

Open Up Guides are peer-reviewed and are developed through collaboration that engages both data publishers and data users. Open Up Guides are designed to be globally relevant: catering for the differing needs and capabilities of Charter supporters.


Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Initiative supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security.  It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 800 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support  among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business.  GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.



The Open Data Institute (ODI) brings together commercial and non-commercial organisations and governments around specific sectors to address today’s global challenges. Driven by needs, and focused on timely challenges, the ODI helps people identify and address how the web of data will impact their businesses and their sectors.