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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Untangling the open data debate: definitions and implications

I’m exploring creating a series of short notes based on my current PhD research into open data as tools to support wider dialogue around data policy and practice. Here’s a draft of the first one, trying to set out some clear categories for understanding debates over data. It’s also available as a two-page PDF here. […]

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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