Governance

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 […]

GIS Watch 2012 article: Who is doing what when it comes to technology for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption

The 2012 issue of Global Information Society Watch was focussed on ‘The Internet and Corruption’, exploring how online technologies are being used in the fight against corruption across the world. GIS Watch is focussed on country level analysis of information society issues around the world, but also includes a number of wider articles. I was asked […]

Data and Trust: Raw data now? Or only after rigorous review?

Data and Trust: Raw data now? Or only after rigorous review?

I’ve just come across a report from Science Wise on an ‘Open Data dialogue’ they held earlier this year. The dialogue brought together 40 demographically diverse members of the UK public to discuss how they felt about the application of open data policies to research data. Whilst the dialogue was centred on research data rather […]

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 […]

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