Open Data Watch is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by three development data specialists. It monitors progress and provides information and assistance to guide implementation of open data systems. The Open Data Watch team has unparalleled experience in development data management and statistical capacity building in developing countries and is committed to making open data a reality in all countries and development agencies.

Tom Orrell

TOM ORRELL Senior Advocacy Advisor – Joined-up Data* Tom joined Publish What You Fund in September 2015 as Senior Advocacy Advisor for the Joined-Up Data Standards (JUDS) project, run jointly with Development Initiatives. Tom’s experience lies in the links between the development and humanitarian, Internet and open data policy and human rights sectors. He has…

ODIN2016 in the News

Reactions to the Open Data Inventory (ODIN) 2016 are already making news. The consensus in countries seems to be, whether scores are high or low or in-between, that the ODIN 2016 results point in a helpful direction.

October-December, 2016

The data revolution this year ignited a handful of initiatives aimed to help achieve the sustainable development goals and improve statistical capacities worldwide. As we move into 2017, here is a look back at reports, blogs, and articles on the topic of the data revolution for the last quarter of 2016.  If there is something…

Open Data Watch (ODW) – Our Story in 2016

2016 was an exciting year at ODW. The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) was launched. Research expanded on the quality and openness of country strategies for statistics. New or deeper partnerships were forged with countries, agencies, and many other groups. As ODW takes stock of and celebrates 2016, we look ahead with great optimism to what can be accomplished to support SDGs through the power of open data.

UN World Data Forum Gathers Governmental and Non-governmental Data Experts to Discuss Joint Work for SDG Agenda

The United Nations World Data Forum (15-18 January in Cape Town, South Africa) brings together for the first time data producers, analysts and users from private, public, civil society and academic communities around the world.  The Forum discussions focus on practical ways for data experts from official statistics, information systems, international agencies, civil society, the open…

Open Data Inventory 2016

The 2016 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) provides a comprehensive review of the coverage and openness of official statistics in 173 countries around the world, including most OECD countries. It features a methodology updated to reflect the latest international open data standards.