New sources of data and new methods of data analysis are changing what we know about the world. Open Data Watch tracks and supports this Data Revolution.

ODW is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works at the junction of open data and official statistics, monitoring open data policies, measuring their success and impact, sharing knowledge, building partnerships, and offering strategic advice and practical assistance to national governments, international organizations, and other NGOs.

Monitoring & Reporting

Supporting the global interest in open data, Open Data Watch monitors implementation of open data programs, develops tools to assess them, and sponsors workshops, seminars, and on-line discussions to champion new ideas and promote smart, well-informed approaches to open data.

Knowledge & Partnershipknowledge and partnership

Believing that development knowledge should be openly available and freely shared, Open Data Watch builds partnerships to increase understanding of development data, shares knowledge of technical experts and practitioners, and helps identify useful tools and sources of financial support.

Strategy & Guidance

Working with country and agency partners, Open Data Watch provides technical assistance to strengthen data management and dissemination practices and offers strategic advice and guidance on implementation of projects leading to overall improvements in statistical capacity.

The Open Data Inventory (ODIN)

ODIN is an internationally recognized approach to assessing the coverage, openness and accessibility of vital datasets needed for monitoring and managing the social, economic and environmental development of every country. Explore ODIN.

Open Data Watch – Our Story in 2016

It was an exciting year for Open Data Watch in 2016. Working at the intersection of open data and official statistics, ODW enhanced our flagship monitoring tool ODIN, expanded technical assistance and strategic guidance on statistical capacity and open data, and strengthened partnerships and knowledge sharing with data producers and users worldwide. Read our 2016 review.

The Voices of Open Data