2011

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Open Data is Not Enough – presentation from OGDCamp 2011

The Open Government Data Camp team have just published a page listing many of the presentations and slides from this years event that took place in Warsaw in October. Rather surprisingly (I didn’t spot the camera!) the list includes a recording of my talk sharing learning from recent work on the International Aid Transparency Initiative, […]

Brief notes on user-centred evaluation of open data portals

This weekend, an interesting e-mail on the Open Spending mailing list from Angelica Peralta Ramos at the Desarrollando Latin American hack day put out a call for ideas around evaluating government data portals. What sort of factors should feature in evaluating an official government statistics site, or an open data portal? Evaluating and rating a portal is a different […]

Evaluating open government data initiatives: can a 5-star framework work?

How do you evaluate or compare open government data initiatives (ODI)? With initiatives like data.gov and data.gov.uk well established, and well over 100 national and city-level open data initiatives emerging across the globe, the question of evaluating these initiatives is coming up more and more. As Jose Alonso of the World Wide Foundation has noted […]

IKM Paper: Towards Linked Development Data – Practical Issues

I’m getting closer to a final draft of an IKM Working Paper on Linked Data & Development, building on learning from a number of pilot projects working with linked data and the 2010 IKM Workshop on open linked information. It’s take a while both because we decided to commission some extra mapping of the open data […]

A whole lot of development datasets

Sharing some work in progress; and a small collection of International development datasets What happens when you set two researchers to work looking for openly available datasets with some connection to the very broad field of International Development? Well, for one thing you get a very large spreadsheet of 91 different datasets. Initially I thought […]

The politics of URI choice…

For the Linked Data for Development paper I’m working on (slowly but surely…), I’ve been trying to unpack some of the implications that flow from the choices that linked data publishers make about the identifiers to use in their datasets. Here’s a quick draft of one section I’m considering for the paper on that topic: […]

Mapping open development data – a draft method & micro-study

As part of the Linked Open Data for Development working paper I’m working on for IKM I’m hoping to include a small mapping study sampling some of the open data datasets, and linked datasets that might be relevant for actors in the development sector. The plan is to look at two collections of data: global […]

New Project: The Social Life of Data

This is a quick placeholder post about a project I’ve been sketching ideas around for a while, but which is finally getting started in earnest. The Social Life of Data is an IKM Emergent supported pilot exploring ways to capture and display information about: How particular open datasets have been used; Who is involved in […]

What’s in the Linked Open Data Stack?

Jump to the latest version of diagram Update 15.00 2nd May: Based on feedback I’m veering away from seeing this as a ‘stack’ distinct from the semantic web stack, towards trying to highlight specific ‘pieces of the linked data puzzle’ in the revised diagram towards the bottom of this post. Earlier section left intact for […]

Open Data in Developing Countries


The focus of my work is currently on the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project with the Web Foundation.

MSc – Open Data & Democracy