Open Data: the extractive industries case study (01/12/16)

Greater transparency is a first and necessary step in the fight against corruption. However, behind this concept of transparency, real issues of accessibility and data quality are at stake. Publishing data in itself is not enough if access is restricted and the format inoperable. To take the process of transparency all the way, this information needs to be published in an open data format making it comparable with other relevant data and easily presented. The exercise of publishing data is not an end in itself, and taking ownership of this data, analysing and disseminating it is also an important issue for improving corporate accountability.

This case study, prepared by PWYP France with ONE, Oxfam and Sherpa ahead of the OGP Summit in December 2016, looks at the current state of payments to governments and offers recommendations for improvement.