Legado Olímpico Abierto

The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 had as an objective to be organized in an open and transparent manner. As a result, the Olympic Legacy initiative was created to ensure relevant and timely access to information to all local stakeholders in regards to the event and its organization. This platform brought open government tools at the heart of the development of a global sports event. It had a significant impact in terms of promoting open data, higher quality data standards, improved communication around the games and was a useful tool to answer citizen queries.

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Global sport events attract thousands of fans and attention worldwide. They are an opportunity to celebrate passion and sport values with athletes from around the globe. However, they also undertake massive budgets. We realized from the beginning of the organization of the Youth Olympics Games Buenos Aires 2018 that big sporting events raised many concerns about corruption and misuse of public funds. This have led to lack of trust from the people to their governments.

As this were the first games fully funded by a public entity, it was highly important to ensure the transparency and accountability of the whole organization process. For this reason, the organization of the Games took a commitment to follow an open and transparent process, as the Youth Olympic Games required the construction of many different infrastructure, like stadium, pools, tracks, apartments, courts.

Olympic Legacy initiative was created to ensure all the neighbors had adequate access to information on all aspects regarding the organization of the Games. The site shows in a simple way, through visualizations and infographics, how many public works were made for the Games infrastructure, all the sports equipment that was acquired for the 32 disciplines that were played and all the social and sport activities.

Legacy is an important part of the Games. On the website, you can find what will happen after the Games with all the public works and the equipment, that is, the social, urban and sport legacy the Games leave for the neighbours of Buenos Aires and specially for the south of the city.

Participative processes were applied on tenders and international standards were adopted for purchases and tenders. The site shows that 90% of the bidding processes were open: they were carried out under the modality of public tender, framework agreement or open minor contracting.

This platform not only brought open government tools to the development of a sport global event, but it was also the first time that a State makes available all the information in open data. The initiative contributed to improve the data quality as it was put on open formats and was centralized on one website. Also, the adoption of international standards ensured the success of the infrastructure development, which was delivered on time.

The impact of this platform was significant inside and outside the government. Having this high-level sporting event organized in an integral and transparent way, and being able to access open data about this organization in a simple and free way, benefits all the residents of Buenos Aires. Through focus groups and qualitative analysis of the media in the period before and after the Games, it was possible to confirm that the public's perception was of a competence of an exemplary organization and without questioning its transparency.

Within the government, it set standards in terms of governance of the infrastructure and in purchases and contracts that can be replicated for the organization of other global events to be developed in the City of Buenos Aires.

While it is true that the development of this initiative was made for a specific event, such as the Olympic Youth Games, this experience can serve as inspiration and a model case in the organization of global events to use open government tools. In future editions of global sporting events or of any kind, a platform as Open Legacy shows that opening information in open formats contributes to the accountability, transparency and integrity of the organization.

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Year: 2018
Organisation Type: Government
Level of government: Local government

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