I keep needing to refer to these, so documenting them here (#opennotes):


All Open Government Partnership commitments should reflect four core open government principles:

  1. Transparency — Information on government activities and decisions is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the public and meets basic open data standards (e.g. raw data, machine readability).
  2. Citizen Participation — Governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to more responsive, innovative and effective governance.
  3. Accountability — There are rules, regulations and mechanisms in place that call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms or requirements made of them, and accept responsibility for failure to perform with respect to laws or commitments.
  4. Technology & Innovation — Governments embrace the importance of providing citizens with open access to technology, the role of new technologies in driving innovation, and the importance of increasing the capacity of citizens to use technology.


In order to participate in OGP, governments must exhibit a demonstrated commitment to open government in four key areas:

  1. Fiscal Transparency — The timely publication of essential budget documents forms the basic building blocks of budget accountability and an open budget system.
  2. Access to Information — An access to information law that guarantees the public’s right to information and access to government data is essential to the spirit and practice of open government.
  3. Disclosures Related to Elected or Senior Officials — Rules that require public disclosure of income and assets for elected and senior public officials are essential to anti-corruption and open, accountable government.
  4. Citizen Engagement — Open Government requires openness to citizen participation and engagement in policymaking and governance, including basic protections for civil liberties.