Latin America’s open data frontrunners meet in Mexico

September 25, 2014

AbreLatam-ConDatos is the most important regional event on open data in Latin America and the Caribbean. And this year Hivos is joining this initiative that will gather in Mexico academics, governments, business and civil society organizations to enrich the debate on open data.

AbreLatam-ConDatos is actually two events in one. AbreLatam, on the 30th of September, is an open data “un-conference” where the participants will freely debate the challenges of open data. ConDatos, on the other hand, is the Regional Conference for Open Data in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of October, with workshops and side events in the Library of Mexico, a cultural center that promotes innovation and the use of new technologies.

Open data is information that is available for anyone to use, for any purpose, at no cost. Open data is a key factor in the search for transparency. The open data movement in Latin America has been gathering momentum over the past few years, as citizens demand more accountability from businesses, institutions and governments.

Latin America’s first AbreLatam-ConDatos meeting was held in 2013, in Uruguay. Since then, significant cross­border collaboration has increased, more governments have adopted open data policies, and stronger practitioner networks have incubated data­driven projects.

This year in Mexico, more than 300 relevant open data actors in the region will share  their experiences and knowledge and highlight the issues and initiatives that exist in the open data world.

Hivos supports the AbreLatam-ConDatos initiative because its objectives focus on strengthening transparency, fostering citizen participation and safesguarding civil liberties.