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The Open Data Research network is a collaborative project, coordinated by the Web Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), that exists to:

  • Connect open data focussed researchers from across the world;
  • Bring together information and news relating to research into the implementation and impacts of open data initiatives;
  • Host focussed research projects into open data;

The network is open to all researchers interested in open data, and has a particular focus on research into open data in the global South.

Between 2013 and 2015 the Open Data Research network will host the ‘Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC)’ project: a multi-country research and capacity building programme. You can read more about the Emerging Impacts project here.

Network membership

You can become a network member by joining our LinkedIn Group, and by subscribing to the network e-mail bulletin.

Network members are encouraged to:

  • Share news of their research interests and work in the LinkedIn Group
  • Suggest articles and information to be featured on the Open Data Research Network Tumblr
  • Add relevant publications to the Open Data Research Zotero Group
  • Send news items and information about events for the regular network newsletter
  • Look out for opportunities to meet with other network members either in online meetings, or in fringe meetings as part of other events and activities.

Network partners

The Open Data Research network has been developed in partnership with a number of organisations. If your organisation would like to become a network partner then please get in touch.

Related networks

The Open Data Research network is just one space in a growing web of open data focussed networks. We believe in making research relevant to policy and practice, and encourage members of the Open Data Research network to actively engage with other spaces, including: