Open Data

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 […]

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? […]

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, 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 […]

Notes on open government data evaluation and assessment frameworks

The evaluation of open data initiatives has become an increasingly pressing concern for many. As open data initiatives have proliferated, there have been a number of attempts to develop assessment, monitoring and measurement frameworks that can inform policy, and that will support comparative assessment of different open data efforts, or that can guide the creation […]

How might open data contribute to good governance?

Below is the pre-print full text of an article of mine forthcoming in the 2012/13 edition of the Commonwealth Governance Handbook. You can find a PDF copy over here. How might open data contribute to good governance? Access to information is increasingly recognised as a fundamental component of good governance. Citizens need access to information […]

Notes on a National Information Infrastructure

Notes on a National Information Infrastructure

In October the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) released a short discussion paper based on the idea of building a ‘National Information Framework’ to build an ‘information infrastructure’ for the United Kingdom. The idea of an information infrastructure draws upon the metaphor of physical infrastructure – noting that governments play a role planning, […]

Right to Data Code of Practice Consultation

[Summary: notes on another open data consultation response] As if to provide plenty of opportunities for procrastination from working on my PhD, government is providing a constant stream of open data related consultations right now. Next up, a consultation on the Code of Practice to be issued concerning the ‘Right to Data’ introduced by the […]

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 […]

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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