Tim Davies

Tim Davies

Tim is an MSc Student at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Opening the National Pupil Database?

Cross posted from my personal blog. [Summary: some preparatory notes for a response to the National Pupil Database consultation] The Department for Education are currently consulting on changing the regulations that govern who can gain access to the National Pupil Database (NPD). The NPD holds detailed data on every student in England, going back over ten […]

Digital landscapes: effective open data takes more than a single CSV

Digital landscapes: effective open data takes more than a single CSV

Notes from data exploration. I’ve been finding myself tinkering with interesting open datasets quite a lot recently – but often never quite getting to writing anything up before I have to move on to other work. So, rather than loose the learning – I’m going to try and keep notes on this blog of some […]

Complexity and complementarity – why more raw material alone won’t neccessarily bring open data driven growth

[Summary: reflections on an open data hack day, complexity, and complements to open data for economic and social impact] “Data is the raw material of the 21st Century”. It’s a claim that has been made in various forms by former US CIO Vivek Kundra (PDF), by large consultancies and tech commentators, and that is regularly […]

Key perspectives on open data research: Boston workshop

As part of the Open Data Research network projects I’m involved in I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop at Harvard a few weeks back, where Felipe Heusser had brought together a stellar panel involving Archon Fung, David Eaves, Susan Crawford and Yochai Benkler to explore key perspectives on open data research. Their […]

Three new #opendata papers

Just in time for the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki we’ve added one new paper, and two new field notes to the Open Data Special Issue of the Journal of Community Informatics. Simon McGinnes and Kasturi Muthu Elandy in their article Unintended Behavioural Consequences of Publishing Performance Data: Is More Always Better? question the mechanisms by […]

Ten building blocks of an open data initiative

Ten building blocks of an open data initiative

This is the second in a short series of research notes that aim to draw out practical points from my current PhD explorations of the impacts of open data on inclusive governance. This one draws on a piece I’m working on about taking a broad reading of what it means to have an open data […]

Announcing ‘emerging impacts of open data in developing countries’ call for proposals

Announcing ‘emerging impacts of open data in developing countries’ call for proposals

This is a quick post to point to the call for proposals just issued over on the www.opendataresearch.org site for developing country led research into the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries by Web Foundation and the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). I’m rather excited that I’ll be working as research co-ordinator on […]

Developing research plans for a critical development perspective on open data

Developing research plans for a critical development perspective on open data

Cross posted from the Open Data Research blog. Add any comments over there>>>. Building on the outcomes from the ‘Fostering a Critical Development Perspective on Open Government Data’ workshop held in Brasilia in April, and interactions with Jose Manuel Alonso (Web Foundation) and Fernando Perini (IDRC), I’ve been sketching out some initial ideas for a […]

Fostering a Critical Development Perspective on Open Government Data – Brasilia Workshop Report

Fostering a Critical Development Perspective on Open Government Data – Brasilia Workshop Report

Around a month back I took part in a workshop in Brasilia organised by IDRC, the Web Foundation and the Berkman Centre  ahead of the Open Government Partnership meeting titled ‘Fostering a Critical Development Perspective on Open Government Data’. It was a really productive day of discussions, exploring potential research issues, and research strategies to look […]

Open data: embracing the tough questions

Two open data related publications I’ve been working on have made it to the web in the last few days. Having spent a lot of the last few years working to support organisations to explore the possibilities of open data, these feel like they represent a more critical strand of exploring OGD, trying to embrace […]

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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