This working paper seeks to contribute to the conversation on open data research, focussing inÂ particular on open data in developing countries.
In the following sections we offer a brief overview of open data definitions and recent development,Â before turning to look at different approaches for researching open data. We outline a twin-trackÂ approach of looking at macro-level assessments of the context open data operates within, andÂ detailed comparative case studies of open data in use. We then focus in on this second track,Â exploring the need to connect the study of open data to the study of existing governance processes inÂ transparency and accountability, innovation and economy growth, and inclusion and empowerment.Â We follow this by outlining a number of open data specific issues that cut across different the differentÂ settings where open data may be in use. We end by bringing these elements together in a researchÂ framework, and outlining some of the ways in which the IDRC/Web Foundation âExploring theÂ Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countriesâ research programme will be applying thisÂ framework over 2013 â 2015.