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Research project: Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries
Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries is a multi-country, multi-year study led by the World Wide Web Foundation to understand how open data is being put to use in different countries and contexts across the developing world.
Worldwide, it is estimated that governments have already posted more than one million datasets on the internet. Although just a small fraction of these current datasets are from developing countries, this is rapidly changing. Through the Open Government Partnership, governments from more than 55 countries have made concrete commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance with a strong emphasis on open data as a means to achieve this. Yet, reliable evidence on the outcomes and impact of open data initiatives remains scarce.
This project explores how open data can foster improved governance, support citizens' rights, and promote more inclusive development through looking at the emerging impacts of existing open data projects in developing countries. This work is designed to inform the development of planned and on-going open data initiatives in the South. The project will work through a series of open data case studies in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. These case studies examine initiatives, the governance challenges they propose to address, and emerging outcomes and impacts from the application of open data in these contexts. The project is also developing cross-cutting data collection instruments and analysis approaches to help explain if and how open data is bringing change to developing countries. Finally, it is engaging with global and local policymaking and practice in order to improve developmental outcomes of these initiatives.
- Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?
- An Investigation of the use of the Online National Budget of Nigeria
- Investigating the Impact of Kenya’s Open Data Initiative on Marginalized Communities: Case Study of Urban Slums and Rural Settlements
- Open Data in the Judicial Systems: Evaluating Emerging Impact on Policy Design in Uruguay, Chile and Argentina
- The use of open data in the governance of South African higher education
- Open data, public budget and its relations to people’s rights in Brazil
- Opening the Cities: Open Government Data in Local Governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
- Open government data for regulation of energy resource industries in India
- Exploring the use and impacts of open budget and aid data in Nepal
- Understanding the impacts of Kenya open data applications and services
- Exploring the impacts of online budget information at the sub-national level in Brazil
- Opening Government Data through Mediation: Exploring Roles, Practices and Strategies of (Potential) Data Intermediary Organisations in India
- The quality of civic data in India and the implications on the push for Open Data
- How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation
- Open Government in the Philippines: exploring the role of open government data and the use of new technologies in the delivery of public services
- Taking Stock of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Open Data Initiatives in Sierra Leone.
- Exploring the open data Initiative of the Ministry of Finance on National Budget Transparency in Indonesia
- Open Data Barometer
- From Data to Development: ODDC Phase 2
- 2015 Open Data Research Symposium
- User centered methods for measuring the value of open data
Join us for the next ODDC Web Meeting on Open Data, Public Records & Data Quality on 27th November 2013.
Open Data, Public Records & Data Quality
The Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project was born at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Brazil in 2012. A day before that summit, researchers from across the world met together to set out an agenda for 'Fostering Critical Development Perspectives on Open Government Data'.
On 1st August two IDRC research networks came together for a web meeting to explore Open Data and Privacy. The Privacy in the Developing World network, and the Open Data in Developing Countries network set out to explore whether open data and protecting privacy are inherently in tension, or whether the two can be complementary, and to identify particular issues that might come up around privacy and open data in the developing world.
As we’ve been getting the ODDC project up and running we’ve been hosting a series of web meetings with project partners to get to know each other, and to talk about research issues. In coming months we’re planning to hold thematic web meetings, focussing on different issues relevant to open data research, and that fit into our evolving research framework.
We’ll be exploring how to open up these meetings beyond the ODDC network alone, so if you are interested in taking part in any of the upcoming web meetings, please do get in touch.
We've been working on developing the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries project since April 2012. In that process we looked across existing literatures on open data, transparency and accountability, the economic re-use of data, and inclusion and empowerment to identify key issues that our research should address. The result is written up in the first ODDC working paper, setting out the conceptual framework guiding our work.
In April 2013 project leaders from the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) research network gathered in London for a two day network meeting. The meeting was an opportunity for project leaders to get to know each other, and to explore shared research issues in understanding emerging impacts of open data.