OpenGov Voices: Moving the food system forward with open data - Sunlight Foundation Blog
"Opening up agricultural and nutritionally relevant datasets has the potential to impact lives through more effective and transparent government, improved government services, better target development programs as well as improved research, science and innovation. A lack of open data and institutional, national and international policies limit the effectiveness of agricultural and nutritional data from research and innovation. So, opening up and sharing usable data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors is critical to moving forward. Advocating to make this change happen is at the heart of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. GODAN seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible and usable for unrestricted use around the world. The initiative focuses on building high-level policy and public and private institutional support for open data. We encourage collaboration and cooperation among existing agriculture and open data activities, bringing together all stakeholders to solve long-standing global problems. The initiative is a growing network of over 100 partner organizations, including the Sunlight Foundation, that are committed to open data in agriculture and nutrition. Partners are highly diverse from small enterprises to large NGOs and foundations to national governments ..."