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.

July-September, 2015

As the international community prepares for the UN General Assembly where the Sustainable Development Goals will be officially adopted, there have been several important efforts to build the momentum of the data revolution. We provide summaries of reports, blogs, and articles on the topic of the data revolution below. If we have missed something, please…

The Challenges of Big Data and Emerging Data Economy

29/06/2016 – 30/06/2016, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

​The European Data Forum​ ​(EDF) is a meeting for industry professionals, researchers, policymakers and members of community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy and to develop suitable action plans for addressing these challenges. Of special focus for the EDF are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), since they are driving innovation and competition in many data-driven economic sectors. The range of topics discussed at the European Data Forum ranges from novel data-driven business models (e.g. data clearing houses), and technological innovations (e.g. Linked Data Web) to societal aspects…(e.g. open governmental data as well as data privacy and security)…more​

Unprecedented Open Data Collaboration in Ottawa

​Charting the course for future open data collaboration, the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa convenes prominent global leaders in the open data movement.  The conference builds a solid foundation for improving and extending the current efforts of the data revolution in four major areas: a global agenda for understanding the big picture, impact and building…

Improving the Quality of Official Statistics

31/05/2016 – 03/06/2016, Madrid, Spain

​The European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2016), hosted by Eurostat​ and the Instituto Nacional de ​Estadistica​, will cover relevant and innovative topics on data quality. These topics will range from the challenges and the new paradigm of quality in an information and knowledge-driven society including big data and multi-source statistics, to governance and management aspects like the ones linked to the ESS Vision 2020. Furthermore, as an open forum of debate, it represents an opportunity to introduce innovation in the measurement and management of the quality in statistical domains and in specific statistical products…more

May-July, 2015

The recent Financing for Development Conference was a very important moment in the Data Revolution. Many reports and blogs were written about the need for continued commitment to the cause and other related topics. We provide summaries of reports, blogs, and articles on the topic of the data revolution below. If we have missed something,…

Do Good Data

27/04/2016 – 29/04/2016, Chicago, USA

Do Good Data, the leading conference on data, research and analytics for the social sector, brings together innovators and thought leaders to discuss how data can be used to create a more effective and efficient sector.  The conference convenes in Chicago and promises to deliver concrete skill development in data analysis, data visualization, and research methodology…more