In 2016,Â Open Knowledge International will continue to work with the Open Data for Development programmeÂ towards the realization of a globalÂ open data agenda more explicitly focused on data needs and realities of communities in developing countries. Learnings from the past two years have indicated that our open data project implementation strategies require a better understand of the users. When we talk about communities of people without adequately defining who they are and what their actual data needs are, we risk implementing initiatives that donât address the core challenges that these communities are facing. Â However, by understanding the data realities of particular individuals, in particular districts who face particular market forces and political economy realities and using these realities as a foundation on which to build programmes and support services, we will be able to design and execute far superior open data initiatives.
Also, theÂ OD4D/Open Knowledge InternationalÂ program for 2016Â Â intends to support the development of an Africa Data Co-Lab and, through this body, work to improve the data literacy of user communities, Â while supporting localized innovation in communities across the continent. The work through the Africa Data Co-Lab that will help us to better define the best practices and approaches that should be internationally adopted and supported. Open Knowledge International has extensive experience in both data literacy capacity building and the development of data projects and technical platforms designed to make data released more readily accessible, understandable and useful. Now, in partnership with the OD4D network in Africa and other key stakeholders, we will draw on experience and learning to develop data literacy programmes and data infrastructure designed to truly meet the data needs of the African communities.
In summary, the new project for 2016Â will:
- improve the Open Data Index 2016, measuring Â Open Data Supply in 90+ countries and 20+ citiesâ in developing countries using the Open Data Index
- Work in collaboration with the Open Data Barometer team and the Open Data Charter assessment working group to improve the common assessment framework for open data nationally and sub-nationally
- Insert at least five School of Data Senior fellows in civil society, academic institutions, the media and other demand-side organizations in developing countries to build capacity to use open data (build applications, news stories, visualizations, etc.)
- Support 7 innovations to improve service delivery in Africa, focusing particularly on public finance and procurement, data journalism and environmental challenges.
- Produce a lightweight framework for better understanding how citizens, civil society stakeholders and journalists can improve local data ecosystem through engagement with and influence over data infrastructures themselves.
All results from this action research project will be disseminated in an open format, and in order to maximize impact, we will encourage the reuse by others of all project outputs. Also, OKI will share the results of our work and the lessons that we have learned with key working groups for both the Open Data Charter and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data as well as contribute substantially to the design of the 4th Annual International Open Data Conference.