IGF 2023 Lightning Talk #37 Open Data Evaluation Model in Brazilian Governmental Portals

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (06:15 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (07:20 UTC)
SC – Room H

Data Governance & Trust
Big Data Architecture, Usage and Governance

Data Governance & Trust

Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do Ponto Br
Henrique Xavier, NIC.br, Technical community, GRULAC

Daphnee Iglesias, UN-IGF / IRC Deutschland, Civil Society, WEOG

Diogo Cortiz, NIC.br, Technical community, GRULAC


Ana Eliza Duarte, NIC.br, Technical community, GRULAC

Onsite Moderator

Daphnee Iglesias, UN-IGF / IRC Deutschland, Civil Society, WEOG

Online Moderator

Diogo Cortiz, NIC.br, Technical community, GRULAC


Henrique Xavier, NIC.br, Technical community, GRULAC



Targets: 16.7 - Open Data creates a more transparent, accountable, and participatory environment for decision-making. It encourages the involvement of diverse stakeholders, promotes inclusivity, and improves the representation of different voices in shaping policies and actions at all levels. 16.8 - By harnessing the power of open data, developing countries can overcome information asymmetries, advocate for their interests more effectively, and actively participate in global governance institutions. This leads to a more equitable and inclusive global governance system that considers the perspectives and needs of all countries, regardless of their level of development. 16.10 - By implementing open data initiatives in accordance with national legislation and international agreements, governments can promote public access to information while upholding fundamental freedoms, fostering transparency, and enabling informed public participation in decision-making processes.


This session is structured in four moments. In the first 5 minutes, we will introduce the Challenges of the web and the Brazilian scenario. The next 10 minutesWe will present the model for assessing open data in Brazilian government portals and the steps involved in building the tool. In the next 5 minutes, we will present the results achieved with the tool up to the moment of the presentation and the research implications. Finally, the last ten minutes will be open for interaction with the in-person and online audience.

Duration (minutes)



One of the major challenges related to publishing and consuming data on the web is the standardization of information structures. Many organizations publish their datasets in a particular way, without considering the standards and publishing principles developed and established by the community to facilitate information sharing and utilization. In other words, when analyzing a set of open data publishing portals, it was noticed that there is no standardization of the published data, which hinders or complicates access to open data by users. Given this scenario, the creation of mechanisms that can guide publishers to use principles and best practices for publishing open data on the web becomes necessary, ultimately allowing for better data governance on their information portals. This would result in a series of benefits, such as a better understanding of the data, easier discovery, and processing, as well as data reuse and sharing by user consumers. In this context, a methodology is proposed to evaluate this heterogeneous environment and present a tool capable of mapping the use of best practices for publishing and making open data available on Brazilian government portals.

1 - Using virtual event platforms, chat channels or discussion forums where both onsite and online attendees can interact and hybrid audience engagement tools. 2 - By considering the needs of both online and onsite participants, incorporating interactive elements, and fostering a collaborative environment, you can design a session that offers an inclusive and engaging experience for all attendees, regardless of their physical location. 3 - Zoom, Mentimeter, Padlet.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Takeaway 2: Brazil has begun implementing such tool

Takeaway 1: Tools for automated evaluation of open data portals and open data best practices can help to improve open data quality

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Call to action 2: The Civil Society that is involved with open data should become aware of the existence and workings of such evaluation tools

Call to action 1: Governments around the world should follow Brazil's example and implement evaluation models.

Session Report (* deadline 26 October) - click on the ? symbol for instructions

Report on Lightning Talk #37: "Open Data Evaluation Model in Brazilian Governmental Portals" 


The lightning talk "Open Data Evaluation Model in Brazilian Governmental Portals" was presented at the Internet Governance Forum, shedding light on the critical issue of data standardization and the efforts made by the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br) to address this challenge. The talk emphasized the importance of open data quality, presented an automated evaluation model under development for the Brazilian Open Data Governmental portals, and issued two key takeaways and call-to-action messages.

Key Takeaway Messages

The presentation by the speaker highlighted two primary takeaway messages:

1. Tools for Automated Evaluation of Open Data Portals Enhance Data Quality

The first crucial takeaway from the talk was the significance of tools for automated evaluation in enhancing the quality of open data. Open data portals often need more standardized information structures, an improvement that impacts efficient data access and utilization. The speaker stressed the need for standardized principles and best practices for publishing open data. Tools designed to evaluate open data portals and ensure adherence to these principles can play a vital role in improving the overall quality of open data.

2. Brazil's Implementation of Evaluation Tools

The second takeaway message revealed that Brazil has initiated the implementation of such tools for evaluating and improving open data quality. The Brazilian government has recognized the importance of standardization and best practices in data publication and is taking proactive steps to address these issues.

Call-to-Action Messages

The talk concluded with two call-to-action messages aimed at governments and civil society:

1. Governments Worldwide Should Emulate Brazil's Example

The first call to action implores governments across the globe to follow Brazil's lead and implement open data evaluation models. Given the benefits of standardization and best practices in data publication, the speaker urges governments to prioritize developing and deploying tools for automated evaluation in their own open data initiatives. This step would improve data governance and lead to more efficient data sharing and utilization.

2. Raise Awareness among Civil Society

The second call to action aims at civil society organizations and advocates involved in open data. It encourages these stakeholders to become aware of the existence and workings of open data evaluation tools. By increasing awareness and understanding of these tools, civil society can actively participate in the process, supporting the implementation of standardized data practices and advocating for open data quality in their respective regions.


The lightning talk on "Open Data Evaluation Model in Brazilian Governmental Portals" at the Internet Governance Forum highlighted the critical need for standardized data publication practices and the role of automated evaluation tools in achieving this goal. The Brazilian Network Information Center's proactive efforts in implementing such tools serve as an inspiring example for other nations. The call-to-action messages emphasize the importance of global adoption and civil society involvement in furthering the cause of open data quality and standardization.

In an age where data drives innovation and policy decisions, standardization and evaluation tools ensure that open data fulfills its potential as a valuable resource for governments, organizations, and individuals worldwide. The lessons from this talk must be acknowledged and acted upon, setting a higher standard for open data globally.