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How Open Is Government Data In Africa? This project mapped out to what extent African public institutions make key datasets available as open data online. Read more…

Open Data Governance: Interplay or disconnect? Little attention is being paid to how open data is governed. What could open data governance include? What is open data governance? Read more…

What data counts in Europe? Towards a public debate on Europe’s High-Value Datasets. High value datasets are a key requirement of the PSI Directive. But how is high value determined? How else could we envision high value? As technocratic metrics reflect data as assets Read more…

New Report: Advancing Sustainability Together. Citizen-generated data (CGD) expands what gets measured, how, and for what purpose. As the collection and engagement with CGD increases in relevance and visibility, public institutions can learn from existing initiatives about what CGD initiatives do. Read more…

New guide: The Measurement. Guide is out now! It analyses how the Open Data Charter principles are assessed based on current open government data measurement tools. Governments, civil society, journalists, and researchers may use it to better understand how they can measure open data activities. Read more…

Governing by rankings – How the Global Open Data Index helps advance the open data agenda. The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is one of the largest worldwide assessments of how well governments publish open data, coordinated by Open Knowledge International since 2013. Over the years we observed how GODI is used to monitor open data publication. But to date, less was known how​ ​GODI​ ​may​ ​translate​ ​into​ ​open​ ​data​ ​policies​ ​and publication​. Read more…

How do open data measurements help water advocates to advance their mission? How do different members of civil society perceive the data assessed by GODI? How would we go about developing user-centric open data measurements and would it be worth to run more local and contextual assessments? Read more…

Understanding the costs of scholarly publishing – Why we need a public data infrastructure of publishing costs. Public data about the costs of changing publishing models remains scarce. There is an increasing concern that they may perpetuate oligopolistic and dysfunctional structures that do not serve the interests of researchers or their students, readers and audiences. Read more…

Open data quality – the next shift in open data? What makes data usable under these circumstances? How can we close the information chain loop? The short answer: by providing ‘good quality’ open data. Read more…

Mapping open data governance models: Who makes decisions about government data and how? A systematic and comparative investigation of the different governance models for open data policy and publication has been missing till date. To steer the open data movement toward its next phase of maturity, there is an urgency to understand these governance models and their role in open data policy and implementation. Read more…

Data and the City: How public data is fostering civic engagement in urban regions. How can city data infrastructures support public participation in local governance and policy-making? In a new report I examine the new relationships and public spaces emerging between public institutions, civil society groups, and citizens. Read more…