The advances of information technology have brought us to a period of increasingly rapid creation,sharing and exchange of information. In general, we do not perceive just how much information we are creating by using modern information technology devices. Still, the reality here is that we are creating data on a business and personal level while it continues to grow in both importance and volume. Therefore, this paper provides guidelines for a successful open data initiative implementation. For the latter, we present key stakeholders with their engagement reasons, critical success factors, and strategic themes for the designated area.