Reflections

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 […]

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 […]

Does removing the wrangling undermine understanding

The Guardian Data Blog have shared details today of their ‘workflow’ for cleaning and preparing data and then generating graphics and visualisations. The headline figures about the balance of effort involved (70% of time spent preparing data; just 30% visualising and presenting it) might seem to point towards continued problems with open data being non-standard […]

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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