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and completeness


Gender Data Compass Charts Data Availability and Enabling Environment

The new Gender Data Compass looks at national gender data systems and their enabling environment, covering 53 key gender indicators in over 180 countries.


Data Action Plan Sets Sights on 2030

Developed by a coalition of global, regional, and national partners, the Data Action Plan 2030 was presented to the SDG Summit as a way to leverage the data revolution over the next six years to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


Open Data Watch is an international, non-profit organization working at the intersection of open data and official statistics. Our work supports the implementation of change in the production and management of official statistical data. Concentrating efforts in three areas — policy advice, data support, and monitoring — ODW seeks to make development data better and more accessible for increased use and impact.
An example of the interaction between these workstreams, the Open Data Inventory (ODIN) provides in-depth assessments of data coverage and openness that countries actively use to identify and address data gaps. The ODIN Gender Data Index, for instance, checks for data needed to address gender issues. Only with high-quality and open data can international organizations, governments, and citizens solve the challenges of measuring and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Five Reflections on Policy and Partnerships

ODW’s Director of Policy and Partnerships, Francesca Perucci, reflects on recent changes, trends, challenges and the potential for working collectively to use data and statistics to drive positive change.

AI and Open Data Reloaded for 2024

It seems AI is making “open data” fashionable again. Initiatives like Google Data Commons are revolutionizing how people share and access information, but open data principles must be at the core of AI in 2024.

Open Data Watch in 2023: Reflections

As we say farewell to 2023, members of the Open Data Watch team each summed up the year in just one word or phrase.