Blog

The revolution will NOT be in Open Data

The following guest post is by Duncan Edwards from the Institute of Development Studies. I’ve had a lingering feeling of unease that things were not quite right in the world of open development and ICT4D (Information and communication technology for development), so at September’s Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva I took advantage of the presence […]

An open goal that can’t be missed: 2015 and open data

**STOP PRESS: UN holds consultation.** Okay, so this may not be the most groundbreaking of introductions. It’s up there with such bombshells as “man catches bus” and “comedian tells joke” with but stick with me … it’s important. Today marks the first day of [the UN’s post-2015 consultation on governance](http://www.worldwewant2015.org/governance ), jointly hosted by South […]

Open Research Data Handbook Sprint – 15-16 February

On February 15-16, the Open Research Data Handbook Sprint will happen at the Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE. The Open Research Data Handbook aims to provide an introduction to the processes, tools and other areas that researchers need to consider to make their research data openly available. Join us for a […]

Open Data Portal for Latin America

Sharing governmental information in open, accessible and structured formats could substantially increase transparency and accountability in public policy design and implementation. Furthermore, it enables broad social engagement in the process. Hence, opening data and acknowledging the demands of the population that arise from this is key to promoting social equality and effective public administration. Based […]

Development Data Challenge

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th August, the second event in a series of [‘Development Data Challenges’](http://developmentdatachallenge.org/) took place at the Guardian’s offices in London. ## What is a ‘Development Data Challenge’? Development Data Challenges are an interesting concept. They draw together a disparate group of people (we had development experts, coders, designers, data […]

Development Data Challenge – London, August 25-26

Where Do Development Questions Meet Development Data? Where: The Guardian (Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP) When: Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26 2012 This weekend in London, coders, designers, development experts, data wranglers and interested citizens and invited for the Development Data Challenge in London. Join us at the Guardian for a weekend […]

Call for research proposals: open data in developing countries

**The Web Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are looking to fund case study research on the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries.** Open data policies are spreading across the world: but how does open data play out on the ground in different settings? What is needed for the potential transparency […]

Aid Data: From XML to Visualisations – IATI data in OpenSpending

Are the World Bank and Department for International Development (DfID) spending money on projects in similar sectors and countries? Does all aid to Kenya go the North-East? How much aid in total did India receive last year? Until recently, it was impossible to know. But now, thanks to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), we’ve […]

Can Open Data help conflict prevention?

We’re in the planning stages of a conflict prevention project called [PAX](http://www.paxreports.org/) and open data perspectives have fed into our thinking in its processes and structures. PAX aims to provide early warnings of emerging violent conflict, through an online collaborative system of data sharing and analysis. We’re still in the early stages of exploration and […]

Wanted – Open Data practitioners to work with Charities for an ‘Open data-day’

**The following guest post is by Ed Anderton from the [Nominet Trust](http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/), who provide support to organisations to increase access to the internet, online safety and education.** The [Nominet Trust](http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/) is providing funding for a set of 10 ‘data-days’ with a range of UK Charities – more details of our offer to Charities can be […]