OD4D’s Network Meeting at the International Open Data Conference helped to advance a new work plan into 2020. In the almost eight years that OD4D partners have been engaged in this space, the infrastructure, capacity, and discourse has evolved and been adopted by new actors. That being said, more work remains.
Ultimately, releasing and using open data to spur the public interest is far from a universal trend, and visions of open by default are far from being realized in a number of sectors and countries. Since its inception the OD4D network has supported over 15 governments through technical support, provided capacity building to 1000+, generated a significant amount of learning and policy uptake, and provided a number of opportunities to seed and scale open data innovation and use.
The next OD4D Action Plan, will ultimately take emerging new trends such as AI and Data Governance into account, re-emphasizing research and learning, knowledge translation for policy change, and ongoing capacity building for existing and new actors, and the need to collectively build context-specific agendas to spur ongoing political support and sustainable investments into the open data space. We’re excited to be collaborating with new partners in Asia, expanding our work in a number of countries. We’re also excited to continue to collaborate with our existing hubs who leverage ever-growing networks of collaborators. Stay tuned for more on planned activities and thematic areas of focus.