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.

Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development

Today, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network working with Open Data Watch and a group of experts from academia, non-profits, and international organizations published a report titled Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development. The report is the most comprehensive effort to date to calculate the financial resources necessary to…

April-May, 2015

April and early May saw many signficant developments for the Data Revolution. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report estimating the cost of the data revolution; African countries produced a data consensus; PARIS21 provided a roadmap for the data revolution; ODI published a study on millions of people being uncounted; the Cartagena Data Festival…

The Cost of Monitoring Post-2015 SDGs

The preliminary draft of an estimate of resources needed for countries to monitor post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals has just been published for comment.  Developed by a team of development data experts, from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) with the participation of ODW, the draft costing is the result of five months of intense research and is…

Standards, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

22/02/2016 – 25/02/2016, Noumea, New Caledonia

​The United Nations Statistics Division​, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is conducting a seminar titled “Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands: Standards, Best Practice and Lessons Learnt”. Taking into consideration the particularity of the countries in the Pacific region, this event is combining the standard UNSD workshop curriculum for training in the revised Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System and the regional programs and activities under the Brisbane Accord Group programme of work​. The seminar will bring together civil registrars, vital statisticians, and health officers from around twenty countries and territories in the Pacific region as well as contributions from UNICEF, WHO and ESCAP. The event will take place from 22-25 February in the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in Noumea, New Caledonia…more


19/02/2016, Paris, France

​Data are fast becoming the new language of the 21st century, and French-speaking countries, such as France or Burkina Faso, are launching open data initiatives. To illustrate their full potential, Etalab and Open Data Burkina Faso, in partnership with the World BankCFI Medias and the Open Government Partnership​, ara organising an open data camp – #HackFrancophonie – which is to take place on 19 February 2016 in conjunction with and at the premises of NUMA (Paris)…more

International Data Responsibility Conference

19/02/2016, Hague, Netherlands

​On 19 February, the International Data Responsibility Group (IDRG) will host the second annual International Data Responsibility Conference. This meeting brings together experts and practitioners working with data for crisis-affected communities and the most at-risk populations worldwide. Through presentations by a variety of experts and several interactive workshops, participants will explore the potential risks that could be caused by using these data, and ways to prevent these from materializing…more