Open government data (OGD) as a concept isÂ gaining currency globally due to the strong advocacyÂ of global organizations as Open GovernmentÂ Partnership. In recent years, there has been increasedÂ commitment on the part of national governmentsÂ to proactively disclose information. However,Â much of the discussion on OGD is at the nationalÂ level, especially in developing countries whereÂ commitments of proactive disclosure is conditionedÂ by the commitments of national governments asÂ expressed through the OGP national action plans.Â However, the local is important in the context of openÂ data. In decentralized contexts, the local is whereÂ data is collected and stored, where there is strongÂ feasibility that data will be published, and whereÂ data can generate the most impact when used. ThisÂ synthesis paper wants to refocus the discussion of
open government data in sub-national contexts byÂ analyzing nine country papers produced through theÂ Open Data in Developing Countries research project.
Using a common research framework that focuses onÂ context, governance setting, and open data initiatives,Â the study found out that there is substantial effort onÂ the part of sub-national governments to proactivelyÂ disclose data, however, the design delimits citizenÂ participation, and eventually, use. Second, contextÂ demands different roles for intermediaries andÂ different types of initiatives to create an enablingÂ environment for open data. Finally, data qualityÂ will remain a critical challenge for sub-nationalÂ governments in developing countries and it will
temper potential impact that open data will be able toÂ generate.