Promoting good practices on open data standards is key to scaling the impact of open data.

In the past, developing countries haven’t been able to fully participate in the development of open data standards. This is a critical issue. Standards, though highly technical, ultimately help determine how easily data can be put to use by entrepreneurs and data experts.

As more standards continue to emerge over time, these factors hinder the expected social and economic impact of initiatives such as International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), Open Contracting (OCP), Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) and Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT).
The OD4D program aims to incorporate developing countries citizens’ needs into the design and construction of emerging open data standards.