Governments, civil society organisations and companies across the world are actively engaging with open data: publishing and using datasets to promote innovation, development and democratic change.
The Open Data Research network has been established to connect researchers from across the world working to explore the implementation and impact of open data initiatives. It is a joint project of IDRC and the Web Foundation, and is seeking to develop wider partnerships over the coming year.
The network currently hosts the 'Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Development Countries (ODDC)' programme.
Join us on the 24th September at 12:00 GMT for a Web Meeting to explore 'Open data, sustainable development goals and the data revolution'. This is the first in a new series of Open Data Research Network open Web Meetings, where we will be inviting expert speakers to introduce a topic, followed by an open discussion.
The meeting will take place via GoToMeeting, and you can register to participate here.
Since early 2013, researchers from the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries research network have been carrying out case study research into the supply, use and outcomes of open data in various countries and contexts across the world. This first phase of the ODDC project has primarily been based around exploratory research. A second phase is now starting which looks to consolidate learning, and synthesise findings from the 17 projects carried out in Phase I.
Network members met for a workshop in Berlin on 14th and 15th July to bring together their research findings so far, and to plan future activities. This was followed by a public research sharing event, and a series of workshops held as part of the 2014 Open Knowledge Festival.
This report summarises content and discussions from these events. It is not a full synthesis of research findings or messages from the events. For initial insights from across the research cases please see the Open Data in Developing Countries Emerging Insights from Phase I. A full research synthesis is forthcoming in Q4 2014.
On 15th July 2014 the Open Data in Developing Countries project will be hosted a research sharing event at the Wikimedia Centre in Berlin, just ahead of the Open Knowledge Festival.
As well as sharing our latest synthesis report (PDF), the event included three in-depth panel discussions on research and capacity building, taking data nearer to citizes, and taking a sectoral approach to open data.
Governments across the world are adopting open data policies and practices. From national portals, to municipal open data initiatives, and sector-specific efforts in transport, health and international aid to name just a few, open data has been adopted as an important governance innovation.
Back in early 2013 the Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone began a groundbreaking new research project as part of the Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) research network. The project aims to assess the practicality of open data initiatives in post-conflict Sierra Leone and is one of 17 case studies in developing countries commissioned by the World Wide Web Foundation through a research grant from Canada’s International Development and Research Centre. The focus of the overall ODDC project has been on building a compendium of evidence on emerging open data impacts in developing countries. But in Sierra Leone it has also provided the opportunity for a major breakthrough in recognition of open data and its related issues in a country that which only knows Freedom Of Information as a tool of government openness.
What are some of the useful ways of sharing and dissemination of research data that has been painstakingly collected as part of the research process? Is it enough to share and disseminate research reports or should we be sharing datasets too?
The opening plenary of the second day (7 May) of the first OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference held in Bali, Indonesia was probably the most inspiring session in the whole conference.