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First Five with Patricio Lloret, Undersecretary of Public Management at the Presidency of Ecuador

We ask each of Open Data Charter’s newly appointed Board Members five questions in this special series:

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1. How did you discover open data and/or the work of the Open Data Charter?

I began working with open data standards around the year 2014, when working at the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society in Ecuador were my team and I developed and issued the first guide for open data in Ecuador. Today, in my role of leading the implementation of Open Government in my country, Ecuador, at the Presidency of the Republic, promoting the use of open data has become a key task in order to encourage innovation, transparency and collaboration. It’s precisely in this task that Open Data Charter can contribute with important technical resources to aid the country in the quest of having open and freely available data.

2. What do you hope to bring to the current wave of open data discussions as a Board Member?

My first goal in joining ODC as a Board Member is to bring to the organization a different perspective of the needs that countries like Ecuador have regarding on developing public policy on open data and generating open data itself. These needs are different from other more developed countries but similar to countries within the region or with similar country income.

My second goal is to take valuable insights from the organization in order to implement them in my country, especially in my role as a public servant, building on the experience of other interventions or scenarios that can help to accelerate the pace of opening data in an ordered and planned manner.

3. Are you working on an open data project currently?

I am currently leading the implementation of a National Open Data Portal as part of the open government agenda in Ecuador. Not only is it an effort to open data from institutions that respond to the executive branch, but it is an effort to open data from all state branches (in Ecuador there are five) and local governments as well, in an attempt to having an open state from the open data point of view.

4. Do you have a favorite open data project or initiative or one that you encountered recently that left an impression on you?

At the moment Ecuador doesn’t have a specific public policy regarding artificial intelligence. The first step towards building a strong national strategy is having abundant data with quality and relevance. Ecuador needs to work hard towards having strong data in order to have a strong artificial intelligence national strategy. I will try my best in order to promote and develop, along with academia and civil society actors, national tools that will help Ecuador to generate good quality data in order to have better services for its citizens and in order to have a more transparent data ecosystem.

Meet our new Advisory Board Member: Patricio Lloret.

5. Share your vision: What does the world’s future look like with open data fully implemented and integrated?

A world with open data fully implemented is a world ready for endless possibilities of innovation. A world of innovation is a world with empowered citizens working towards common goals to improve our quality of life and to have more resilient societies.

Open Data is extremely relevant nowadays in a world where public trust is low regarding governments and institutions; public trust is key to good governance and legitimacy working for a public agenda.

Patricio Lloret is currently serving as Undersecretary of Public Management at the Presidency of Ecuador and is a newly appointed member of the Open Data Charter’s Advisory Board. He has more than 10 years of experience in senior roles at the public sector and currently leads the implementation of Open Government in Ecuador as well as the strengthening of the national Open Data Portal.

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