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Open Burkina selected to coordinate the African Francophone Open Data Community (CAFDO)
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Open Data for Development is pleased to announce that Open Burkina has been selected to coordinate CAFDO (Communauté d’Afrique Francophone pour les Données Ouvertes) and our regional hub for Open Data in Francophone Africa. Core funding for these activities will … Read More

ODI/OD4D Mini-Grants: announcing the shortlisted projects
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[reposted from the ODI website] After an open call inviting African open data innovators to apply for a £6,000 grant and support from the ODI and the Open Data for Development Network, the shortlist is announced As part of the Africa … Read More

Call for Proposals: Francophone African Community on Open Data (CAFDO) network coordination
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  The first African Francophone Conference on Open Data (CAFDO 2017) was held June 1 -3 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under the title « Open Data to achieve sustainable development goals ».   With over 100 participants, 12 sessions and workshops, … Read More

Appel à projets pour la coordination du nouveau réseau CAFDO, la Communauté d’Afrique Francophone pour les Données Ouvertes.
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Le 1er Juin 2017 se tenait à Ouagadougou la première conférence d’Afrique Francophone sur les données ouvertes autour du thème  « Apport des données ouvertes pour l’atteinte des objectifs du développement durable ».   Organisée par le Ministère du Développement de l’Economie … Read More

Impact Series: Improving Open Data Literacy in Argentina
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By: Gillian Whitworth and Emily Petterson, Open Data Institute   Context Data literacy has a vital role to play in providing social and economic benefit and developing services to citizens. Building the skills of the wider population, particularly in children … Read More

Impact Series: Facilitating the Costa Rican Open Data National Decree
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The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, signing the Open Data Policy.   By: Fabrizio Scrollini and Silvana Fumega   Context Costa Rica was an early experimenter with open data, having developed a first open data portal in 2012. Despite these early … Read More

Impact Series: Using Open Data for Economic Impact in Nigeria
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    The Edo AgriHub team engaged local communities in the data collection process.   By: Gillian Whitworth, Open Data Institute (ODI) The context Farming provides a significant source of revenue for the population of Edo State in Nigeria, and the … Read More

Impact Series: Improving Data Collection Capacity in Non-Technical Organizations
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         Nana Baah Gyan was an embedded fellow who worked with Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA) in Ghana to help with their data needs.   By: David Opoku, Open Knowledge International   Context Due to the challenge of … Read More

Focusing on Open Data & Gender in 2017
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The Open Data for Development (OD4D) program understands that open data is not gender neutral. We want to ask: how can we leverage open data to help create gender transformation? The OD4D program has helped support the capacity of women open data leaders … Read More

Impact Series: Doing Journalism Differently in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
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  What to do when media headlines are occupied with sensationalism? Can media culture be affected by bringing data in the mix? How can we work with academic institutions to improve data literacy horizontally & vertically? By: Lejla Sadiku, Open … Read More

ECA, UNDP, Web Foundation and the Open Data for Development Network unveil inaugural Africa Data Revolution Report
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[Note: This post originally appeared on the UN Economic Commission For Africa (UNECA) website.] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 4, 2017 (ECA) – The African Centre for Statistics at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Development Programme, the World … Read More

IODC16 in Review: Reflecting on Discussions at the North America Regional Talk
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[Note that this post was originally published on the International Open Data Conference (IODC) website. It offers reflections on the regional discussion relating to North America.] By: Ashley Casovan and Enrique Zapata   For more than two decades North American … Read More

Open Data Day is March 4, 2017!
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Open Data Day – March 4 2017 This year, Open Data Day will be on Saturday, March 4. Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data! It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and … Read More

MENA Region IODC16 Roundup: A Promising Year for Data in the MENA Region
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[This blog originally appeared on the International Open Data Conference (IODC) website. This post reflects on the regional discussions about the Middle East an North Africa that took place at IODC16.] By: Nancy Salem Nancy Salem is a Senior Research … Read More

IODC16 in review: A summary of the Asia Regional Talk
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[Note: This blog originally appeared on the International Open Data Conference (IODC) website. It offers a reflections on discussions about the region of Asia.]   By: Wei-Chung Hwang The Asia regional talk held at #IODC16 was a remarkable success (watch … Read More

Growing Open Data in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
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[Note that this post was originally published on the International Open Data Conference (IODC) website. It offers reflections on discussions on the state of Open Data in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.]   By: Irena Cerović Irena Cerović … Read More

Toward a WDF Sustainable Development Action Plan: Key Insights from the Global Open Data Community
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Toward a WDF Sustainable Development Action Plan: Key Insights from the Global Open Data Community [This post was written by Fernando Perini, Senior Program Officer for the Open Data for Development Network, for the launch of the International Open Data … Read More

Launch of the International Open Data Roadmap 2017-2018!
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                As co-host of the 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC) in Madrid this past October, the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D) is pleased to present the International Open Data Roadmap. The Roadmap … Read More

Open Data for Development at the UN World Data Forum
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OD4D at the UN World Data Forum Open Data for Development (OD4D) and our partners are happy to be participating in the UN World Data Forum happening from January 15-18 in Cape Town, South Africa. This forum is the first of … Read More

The Year Ahead: OD4D in 2017
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At the start of the New Year we would like to share some of the exciting work we have planned. This includes the launch of two new regional hubs, and the continuation and expansion of projects from our existing regional … Read More

Open Data & the OGP Founding 8: Where Are They Now?
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[This blog was originally posted by one of our Partners, the Web Foundation.] Five years on from the founding of the Open Government Partnership, how are the original OGP members faring on the implementation of open data? The answer is … Read More

The Local Development Research Institute will coordinate plans for the Africa Open Data Network
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The Local Development Research Institute will coordinate plans for the Africa Open Data Network   OD4D is pleased to announce that the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) will be the initial coordinator of the Africa Open Data Network, our OD4D regional node … Read More

Open Data for Development at the International Open Data Week in Madrid
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  As co-hosts of the International Open Data Conference, we are super excited about the upcoming International Open Data Conference in Madrid, Spain on October 6-7, 2016. The Conference, which will talk about Global Goals, Local Impact, will act as … Read More

Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund: what has happened since Dar es Salaam 2015?
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(By David Opoku – Open Knowledge International ) Almost a year ago in Dar es Salaam, the first Africa Open Data Conference brought together information activists, government officials and technologists to push forward an ambitious agenda for open data on … Read More

East African Open Data Fest: how research can support the regional community
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An amazing group of government leaders, civic tech, private sector and researchers gathered for the East African Open Data Fest in Nairobi. The vibrancy of the event and number of initiatives shows the progress made in the African open data … Read More

Open data research creating new advocates across Global South
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This blog has been reposted from our Partners, the Web Foundation. The ‘Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries’ (ODDC) research project was a pre-cursor projectfor what has now become the Open Data for Development network – … Read More

Putting research into practice: Training academics to use Open Data as OER: An experience from Uruguay
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This blog has been reposted from the Thoughts on Open Education blog, and was authored by Javiera Atenas (@jatenas). This blog outlines recent educational efforts supported by the OD4D network. Last week Chiara Ciociola, Manuel Podetti  and myself – with the help from OD4D and ILDA that … Read More

What is the vital data infrastructure for agriculture?
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Announcing a public consultation on an Agriculture Sector Package for the Open Data Charter Consultation live Friday July 15, 2016 As populations continue to grow and climate change threatens agricultural productivity, achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of global … Read More

Engage with OD4D! Upcoming Opportunities
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Calling all open data enthusiasts: the Open Data for Development Network and our partners have some great opportunities for researchers, coordinators, leaders, and institutions over the summer. Whether you’re a researcher with a passion for open and resilient cities, a … Read More

Call for Proposals: Africa Open Data Network Research Coordination
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THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED The global open data community is just starting to build robust research on the impact of open data in solving sustainable development challenges. We are excited that dozens of African organizations demonstrated interest in working … Read More

Tracking our progress towards the Data Revolution: 2015 OD4D Annual Report
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It’s been just over a year since the Open Data for Development program co-hosted the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada in May 2015. At the time, the program had recently merged with the World Bank’s “Partnership on Open … Read More

Open Data for Development and the Open Elections in Burkina
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Led by the Open Data Institute (ODI), the Open Data for Development network has worked with the government of Burkina Faso in the past two years to establish their national open data initiative. In early 2015, the Burkina Open Data … Read More

IODC 2016: Expanding the International Open Data Roadmap
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The international open data community has reached a new level of momentum. Collaborations across sectors and borders are launching at an astonishing pace and a shared roadmap for the role of open data has begun to emerge: Mexico, Canada, the … Read More

ODI and OD4D renew plans to strengthen Southern Open Data Leadership in 2016
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In 2016, ODI  and OD4D aims to expand previous efforts to support officials from developing countries. Building on the findings of the 2015 OD4D programme, this project will explore  how to embed, at scale, the change to open government data … Read More

OD4D and Open Knowledge International announce plans for 2016
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In 2016, Open Knowledge International will continue to work with the Open Data for Development programme towards the realization of a global open data agenda more explicitly focused on data needs and realities of communities in developing countries. Learnings from the past two … Read More

Towards the first Africa Data Report: Strengthening the Evidence base for an African Data Revolution
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The World Wide  Web Foundation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, and Africa Data Consensus Stakeholders  are leading the publication of the first “Africa Data Report” focusing on data issues in Africa. The publication will help … Read More

OD4D launches the International Open Data Roadmap
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OD4D is proud to launch the 3rd International Open Data Conference Final Report, which draws upon the discussions that took place in Ottawa in May 2015. With over 1000 participants, 58 panels and workshops, ten parallel tracks, over 200 speakers, and … Read More

OD4D is proud to be an anchor partner of the global partnership on sustainable development data
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How many people in the world lack access to clean water? How many are below the poverty line? How is climate changing over time? These questions, and many like them, are difficult to answer. There is a lack of quality … Read More

Delivering common principles: a global call for adoption of the open data charter as a mechanism for achieving sustainable development goals
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The Open Data Charter was launched in New York on 27 September 2015, as the world celebrated the opening of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mexican President Peña Nieto, representing a diverse group of charter stewards, … Read More

Open data charter stewards big step closer to final principles
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During the gathering of the Condatos conference this week in Santiago, Chile, the Stewards of the Open Data Charter came one big step closer to finalizing the common, global principles to guide the progress of open data around the world … Read More

Africa open data collaboration fund
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Do you want to help build the African Open Data Community and catalyse an African Data Revolution that serves all members of African society? Open Knowledge and the Open Data for Development program are pleased to announce the Africa Open … Read More

€œSmall teams, big ideas: open data ambition runs from start ups to governments
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Check out this recent blog published on the World Bank data blog, which explains the recent launch of the OD4D/POD supported Open Data Leaders’ Network; a network of national level government open data initiative leaders from seven countries on four … Read More

World bank and IDRC join forces to support open data for development efforts around the world
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On January 23, 2015, the IDRC and the World Bank signed an agreement merging the Partnership for Open Data (POD) funded by the World Bank Development Grant Facility and the Open Data for Development (OD4D) program funded by IDRC and … Read More