Tim Davies

Tim Davies

Tim is an MSc Student at the Oxford Internet Institute.

The limited promise of (open data) research automation

[Summary: adding to the network of discussion around open data measurement] Earlier this week the 2nd Edition of the Open Data Barometer launched: a project I’ve worked on over the last two years, helping design the original framework of indicators, setting up the data collection tools, and writing up the report (with a fun learning […]

Data standards and inclusion in the network society

This note is based on a presentation given at the ‘Inclusion in the Network Society Roundtable‘ hosted by IT For Change in Bangalore, 29th September – 1st October. It further develops a number of points that were not included in the talk due to time. The original presentation responded to themes from earlier talks, including […]

Call for Papers: JeDEM Special Issue on Open Government Data and Open Policies

See the full call here. Special Issue on Open Government Data and open policies Special Issue 01/2014: Open Government Data and Policies Guest Editors Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Tim Davies, University of Southampton, UK Johann Höchtl, Danube University Krems Editorial Board Marianne Fraefel (Bern University of […]

A diverse open data discourse?

[Summary: on the need for greater diversity in the open data discourse in 2014] 2014 is going to see a lot of Open Data conferences and events around the world, particularly in developing countries, where open data has become part of the donors discourse. And a lot of these events are likely to be packed […]

Open Data and Improving Governance: issues of measurement

I was speaking at the Institute for International Economic Policy this afternoon at George Washington University at a conference on “Known-Knowns and Unknowns about the Internet: Measuring the Economic, Social, and Governance Impact of the Web“. The input I offered, for a session under the title ‘Has the Internet Helped Citizens and Policymakers Improve Governance? […]

Open Data Barometer: 2013 Global Report launched

Open Data Barometer: 2013 Global Report launched

Last Thursday the study I’ve spent the last five month working on with the Web Foundation was formally launched in the Open Government Data Working Group session of the Open Government Partnership Summit. The Open Data Barometer takes a look at the context, implementation and emerging impacts of open government data in 77 countries around […]

Web Observatories: The Governance Dimensions

Governance & Sustainability for a Web Observatory I’m in a workshop at MIT today about plans to create a ‘Web Observatory’, collecting and curating vast quantities of data from across the web for research – in part to ensure that researchers can keep pace in their capacity to research the web with the companies and […]

CfP: Open Data Track – 2014 Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government

I’m co-chairing a track on ‘Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation‘ at the next CeDEM Conference for E Democracy and Open Government, taking place at Danube University Krems in May next year. The full call for papers and submission details can be found here, and the details of the Open Data Track are below: Open Data, […]

Reflections on developing a global sectoral open data initiative: agriculture and nutrition

At the 2012 G-8 Summit leaders committed to a ‘New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition ‘, and as part of the follow up to the US G8 presidency in April this year the World Bank hosted the ‘G8 Conference on Open Data for Agriculture ‘, exploring opportunities to create a global platform for sharing […]

Open data and privacy

Cross-posted from the Open Data Research network site. On 1st August two IDRC research networks came together for a web meeting to explore Open Data and Privacy. The Privacy in the Developing World network, and the Open Data in Developing Countries network set out to explore whether open data and protecting privacy are inherently in […]

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

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