The Open Data Module provides stakeholders with open data core principles and essential resources needed to prioritize, open and use key datasets relevant to achieving and monitoring the SDGs.


The Open Data for Sustainable Development module of the Data4SDGs Toolbox was created with input from members of open data communities and networks such as the Open Data Charter and Open Data for Development. The Center for Open Data Enterprise, Open Data Institute, Open Data Watch and World Bank, in particular, have made this beta module possible. 

The module includes sections for:

I. What is Open Data?

II. How Open Data Supports the SDGs

III. Open Data & SDGs: Goal by Goal

IV. Step-­by-­Step Resources

  • Essential Datasets for Sustainable Development
  • Assessing Your Open Data Readiness
  • Adopting the International Open Data Charter
  • Understanding Open Data Demand
  • Developing User­Centered Open Data Portals
  • Open Data and Official Statistics
  • Measuring Progress

V. Open Data Learning Resources

VI. Glossary

Please download the beta version of this Open Data for Sustainable Development module, which we intend to improve and expand upon in a transparent and inclusive manner based on user feedback. 


Contributing Partners

Open Data Charter Logo
Non-governmental organization
The Open Data 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.
Open Data for Development Network
Non-governmental organization
Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global network of leaders in the Open Data community, working together to develop open data solutions around the world.

This Resource Works to Achieve These SDGs