International Development

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 […]

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 […]

Open Data, Land, Gender

[Summary: very rough and speculative notes in response to a land coalition online dialogue] The land coalition are hosting a online dialogue until 20th Feb looking at “using online platforms to increase access to open data and share best practices of monitoring women’s land rights”. It’s an interesting topic for a dialogue particularly given one […]

Exploring incentives for transparency in developing countries

[Summary: brief reflections on the dynamics of transparency in developing countries] Doug Hadden of FreeBalance (developers of Public Financial Management software) has posed the question “What are the Incentives for Transparency in Developing Country Governments?“. Doug notes that many of their developing countries customers have been interested in implementing transparency portals such as Transparency.gov.tl, and […]

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 […]

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 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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