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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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.

Research Sharing Event - 15th July 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.

Connecting Open Data and the Right to Information in Sierra Leone

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.

Policy, Ecosystem and Impact: Discussions of Open Government Data at ICEGOV 2013

The Seventh International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) was organised in Seoul, Republic of Korea, last October. The Conference, organised by the Center for Electronic Governance of United Nations University along with various national and international partners, is an unique annual summit for technologists, policy-makers, government officials and academics working on topics related to electronic governance.

Sharing ODDC updates in Montreal

ODDC Coordinator Tim has been in Montreal this week for the Developers for Development hackaton and confernce, taking part in a panel today on Impact of Open Data in Developing Countries. Below are Tim's slides and notes from his talk. A version of this presentation was also given by Web Foundation CEO Anne Jelema at the Data and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Framework event in New York.