The Open Data Research network


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.

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Sharing findings at the Open Development Camp

A few weeks ago, a number of the Web Foundation team were in Amsterdam for the Open Development Camp to share insights from the Open Data in Developing Countries project. Below you can catch a video of our panel, with Michael Gurstein, Atif Mumtaz and Andi Pawelke all sharing their experiences of the reality of open data in practice, as well as recorded video input from ODDC partners.

The video from our panel starts at 36 minutes in.

Placing lessons from the ODDC research at the heart of the data revolution debate

Between the 6th and the 9th of October 2014, phase I ODDC case studies from Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya were presented at the 2014 Buntwani Conference as co-facilitators and panelists in a session on Open data and Data revolution held at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of conference was “The potential of ICT in strengthening citizen engagement and participation”

ODDC researchers Bernard Sabiti fromDevelopment Research and Training and Development initiatives, Zacharia Chilishwa of theJesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi and Dr. Omenogo Veronica Mejabi -Senior Lecturer, University of Ilorin, Nigeria presented highlights of their case studies and fielded questions from the audience. The session was moderated by Linet Kwamboka of the Kenya ICT Authority.

This post summarise the session, and includes collected tweets and media from the event.

Web Meeting - Open data, sustainable development goals and the data revolution - 24th September

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.

Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries network meeting & Open Knowledge Festival sessions report

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.