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OLIVEIRA, Carolina


I had graduated at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul-RS, Brazil (2005). I work at Olympic Public Authority (APO) as records manager/archivist. I´m responsible for the development of the policy, the program and the training about records management. I worked at National Archives of Brazil until October 2013, where I had researched about and recommended good practices to digital records management and so to archival description and arrangement.
I´m studying a master degree in Records and Archives Management at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil. My project has the purpose to demonstrate how much the digital records management could be positive for open data initiative, especially at federal government organizations.


The Brazilian government’s Open Data Project: a case study

Brief summary:

This research is a case study about the Brazilian government’s Open Data Project. The main purpose of this research is to demonstrate the importance of digital records management and the theoretical framework of the Archival Science to maintain the quality of data in terms of reliability, usability, traceability and accessibility.


 In Brazil, the Federal Administration approved its e-Government program in 2000 deadline to make information available to the civil society through Information and Communication Technologies – ICTs. Among such technologies, computer-based systems are being used by federal government organizations to carry out management and provide citizens with access to information resulting from the roles and activities performed by them.

In the recent years we have seen an increasing movement towards Open Government, Open Data and Open Innovation. To cope with this scenario, Brazil’s e-gov defined in 2011 the Government Open Data Project (Projeto Dados Abertos Governamentais).

The Brazilian’s government’s Open Data Project follows the principles of the open data movement, so the decision to make available the data produced by the government is a proactive initiative for transparency and civil society participation in government decisions. But what about the quality of the data? Is it authentic, reliable, available or traceable? Where does that data come from? What is the role of the National Archives of Brazil in open data initiatives?

So, the main purpose of this research is to try to find the answers for the questions above within a case study methodology.

Scientific contribution:

For the Archival Science scenario in Brazil, the main contribution would be a research based on a case study methodology, as proposed by Robert K. Yin (Case Study Research: Design and Methods). And researches about the relationship between open data initiatives and digital records management are still in their beginning. Furthermore, records managers and archivists should be prepared to cope with data issues. So, a scientific contribution of this research to Archival Science in Brazil is the development of the case study and an approach of the open data issue according to Archival Science theory.


Brazil. Government. Open Data Project. Case study. Digital records management.