It’s been just over a year since the Open Data for Development program co-hosted the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada in May 2015. At the time, the program had recently merged with the World Bank’s “Partnership on Open Data” and the roadmap developed at the conference with the participation of many of the 1000 attendees helped to guide our programming forward. We’re proud to finally report back on our progress in our inaugural 2015 Annual Report.
Since OD4D takes an eco-system approach, we spread our work into “catalysts” – key drivers of change that we (our network of partners, implementing agencies, and donors) think will advance the progress of open data. Our Theory of Change helps to showcase how we see change in the open data space driving forward – but it also shows that at any given time our network has a lot going on!
The approach we take is vital to ensuring that data is released openly by passionate public servants, easily taken up by innovators and entrepreneurs, and transformed into useful tools and forms that benefit the lives of everyday people – especially the poorest and most marginalized. This might mean an app to track illegal garbage dumps in Kosovo, data-driven elections in Burkina Faso, or enabling open cities in Latin America. It means that we support local change-makers, regional hubs and open data initiatives, and global processes in order to ensure the full participation and inclusion of people from around the world.
The benefit of our annual reporting is we get to share just how much work was done by our network of partners in 2015. Our small but mighty team have been key in advancing the state of open data around the world in ways that align closely with the IODC roadmap. In addition to playing a big role in organizing and co-hosting the IODC, they were busy supporting the capacity of government leaders and civil society, contributing to standardization in a number of fields, helping to launch the Open Data Charter, and researching and monitoring the effects and impacts of Open Data around the world (including the Open Data Barometer, Open Data Census, and Open Data Impact Map (beta version)).
We invite you to read more about our progress in the 2015 Annual Report: