World Wide Web Foundation
"At the Web Foundation, the goal of our open data research programme is clear. We want to equip policymakers and shapers with actionable insights to ensure that open data becomes a powerful tool for development, particularly in the Global South. In line with this mission, regular readers will recall that in 2014 we completed the first phase of our Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) (2013-2014). Drawing on our research spanning seventeen original case studies around the world, we highlighted fifteen key insights, including: mixed evidence on impact, frequent mismatches between supply and demand, government resistance and lack of clear legislation. This phase – ODDC1 – was an important first step, but we knew we had to go further. So, we embarked on ODDC2 – further synthesis research around common themes which arose across many of the projects. We deliberately chose not to focus on the technical aspects of open data, but rather on the social, political and legal aspects required to build a thriving open data community – one which is capable of using open data as a tool to improve the day to day lives of citizens. ODDC 2 is now complete, and over the following weeks, we’ll be releasing detailed reports and blog posts on each of our areas of study. These are:  the role of subnational governments – such as cities or provinces – in open data provision  the role of intermediaries in linking open data supply and demand  the clear need for right to information laws to protect and encourage open data – something we strongly believe in at the Web Foundation  and finally, understanding government inertia in adopting open data and how that can be overcome We hope that by sharing the insights from these four projects, we can build on the body of knowledge on how open data impacts developing countries and how we can make sure we see the biggest impact from it ..."