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This paper discusses the Open Government Data (OGD) environment in Brazil, the difficulties that researchers encounter when searching for official databases, the possible value generated by the expansion OGD based research, and the process and findings of applying the design thinking methodology to try and solve the major pain points of researchers in this field. Using the design thinking method, we developed a search platform for open data from Brazilian municipalities, named CAVUCA. The ideation, prototyping and test of the platform are described. We found that open data, although numerous and available are difficult to find and extract. Users also offered suggestions of additional functionalities for CAVUCA’s dashboard.