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.
The Open LGU Research Team completes the fieldwork for one of its case sites for the study that explores the effect of opening government data to the public to the efforts of local governments in promoting transparency and accountability in local governance in the Philippines.
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
From 22-25 October, principle investigator of the OpenUCT ODDC project, Francois van Schalkwyk, attended the 2013 ICEGOV conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to present a research-in-progress paper titled "Supply-side variants in the supply of open data in university governance".
Berners-Lee tells world leaders: deliver transparency by backing open data policies with action
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'.
Several stakeholders from both public and the private sector increased their lobbying and advocacy work for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill by the 16th Philippine Congress. The FOI Bill has been proposed for more than 10 years but has not been given sufficient attention by lawmakers.
By Bernard Sabiti
The Uganda/Kenya ODDC case study seeks to answer two major research questions namely;
1. How open data initiatives in the two countries are contributing to poverty reduction through impacts on resource mobilization
2. How the contribution of open data initiatives to poverty reduction resources allocations could be strengthened in the future?
In the study plan reformulation brief, we have already discussed why we decided to shift away from a sectoral focus (that on organisations engaging with issues of urban development) to a more wider perspective of data/information intermediary organisations. In the South and South-East Asian Regional Meeting of the ODDC network held in New Delhi, 16-18 July 2013, we had the opportunity to further discuss the various implications of and methodological challenges generated by this shift of focus.
To examine the use and possible impact of open data in South African higher education, the project is currently conducting interviews with university planners, higher education studies researchers, the Department of Higher Education and Training, and other stakeholders.