The first step of a strategy is to develop a vision, mission and an action plan.
An open data strategy for agricultural transformation should be carefully embedded in the agricultural, societal and political context of a country. Relevant questions that need answering are:
- What is the role of agriculture in national and rural development and what are the likely directions of agricultural development, including the challenges and opportunities?
- What is the current agricultural policy and how will this policy enforce certain agricultural development?
- What data can be published to support this developments?
- What are the current governmental ICT policies and can the be used to support the publication of open data for development?
- Which international policy frameworks can be used to leverage the open data for agriculture agenda?
- Who will lead the development and implementation of the open data strategy and where will it be hosted?
The leadership question is especially important because generally the datasets relevant for agriculture are not sitting in a single government body, but are collected as part of activities of departments and agencies outside the ministry of agriculture, e.g. weather data, infrastructure, etc.
The development of an open data strategy needs to provide a vision, mission and an action plan clearly interlinking the answers to these questions. The e-Agricultural Strategy Guide elaborate guidelines on how to get to such a plan.
The Open Data Institute’s “How to write a good open data policy” provides guidance on the creation of new open data policies.
The case study of the Indian Open Data Initiative provides a good impression what it means in practice to implement an Open Data Policy realizing impact.
Specifically for open data, a number of additional considerations need to be made:
- Overcoming open data challenges
- Building an open data community
- Responsible data publication
- Linking to the international open data ecosystem