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.

Private-Public Partnerships: A New Data Source

17/12/2015 – 18/12/2015, Paris, France

​The OECD​ and PARIS21​ are hosting a workshop on Access to New Data Sources for statistics: Busines Models for Private-Public Partnerships. This wor​kshop w​ill bring together stakeholders from the commercial, non-commercial and public sectors and will start by reviewing opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt in using new data sources (telecom data, social media, sensors, credit card records, etc.) to enrich official statistics. The workshop will examine the specific aspects of access to such data…more​

Open Nepal Week Introduces Open Government Partnership

16/12/2015 – 17/12/2015, Thapathali, Nepal

​​​​​This yea​r Open Nepal Week brings together members of Nepal’s open development community to begin a discourse around the agenda of Open Government. The event will introduce, for the first time to civil society in Nepal, a globally recognized key engine for achieving effective and sustainable development – the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The event will also discuss the role of open government in successfully achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), showcase the efforts of organizations working to promote transparency of Nepal Earthquake relief funds, and share findings of the research studies dealing with post-disaster response.​..more​

Innovative Data Sources to Manage Disasters

09/12/2015, Paris, France

The PARIS21​ event at COP21 on data for disaster risk management aims at addressing the role of new technologies and the use of innovative sources of data in the management of natural disasters and catastrophic events.To better manage disasters and their impact, governments and the aid community can increasingly rely on new technologies and new sources of data such, including mobile phones, drones, biometric scanners or wearable devices. Yet the increasing abundancy of information also creates challenges. To explore how to meet these challenges, our side event will look at recent country case studies and discuss them in a broader development context, putting particular emphasis on capacity building and zooming in on the experiences of national governments officials, experts and professionals from the field.​​..more​

Big Data and the 2030 Agenda

08/12/2015 – 09/12/2015, Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Comission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) will host an expert group meeting on the role of big data in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s goals in Asia and the Pacific Region. The two day expert group meeting will bring together practitioners at the forefront of Big Data research and practice to (1) develop a shared understanding on the challenges, opportunities and current state-of-play of Big Data for sustainable development policy; (2) determine areas of mutual interest as relates to Big Data and the Agenda 2030; and (3) identify creative-solutions and strategic directions for action using Big Data to support implementation, follow-up and review of the Agenda 2030…more

How Can Data Accelerate Climate Action?

07/12/2015, Paris, France

UN Global Pulse​ is hosting a special session on data at the Caring for Climate Business Forum​, the premier private sector event held annually at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP​). The programme will feature new data philanthropy announcements by companies, alongside a showcase of efforts by the public sector to apply new and open data to accelerate climate action. The session will also consider challenges in developing such an ecosystem of data use, including data privacy and access, and ways that these challenges have been, and can be, addressed…more

Strengthening Statistical Capacities for Building Development Indicators

04/12/2015, Santiago, Chile

​The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)​ is hosting a meeting for Pilot Countries of the Development Account, 9th Tranche. The topic of the meeting is “Strengthening statistical capacities for building macroeconomic and sustainable development indicators in Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific countries”…more

Climate Change Resilience in the Age of Data

04/12/2015, Paris, France

​This COP21 side-event will bring together researchers and practitioners to explore the opportunities, challenges and requirements for leveraging new data sources and analytical approaches to achieve these goals—chief of which is empowering at-risk communities.

Specifically, the event will seek to take stock of relevant scientific advances, showcase promising initiatives and approaches in the domain, identify major institutional and technical bottlenecks and requirements, and foster exchanges between the critical players producing the science, financing the projects, and implementing the work on the ground…more

Buntwani Locally: Global Goals for Local Impact

03/12/2015 – 04/12/2015, Nakuru, Kenya

​The Open Institute has organised a Buntwani-locally event to take place in Lanet Umoja in Nakuru County, Kenya on December 3 and 4, 2015. Jointly organised with the  “Tweeting Chief” Chief Francis Kariuki (@chiefkariuki), the event will be held to bring stakeholders around the community of 29,000 people to understand out how the Global Goals could be implemented within their community. Chief Kariuki and the Open Institute have shared the view that the Global Goals can best be implemented at community level, where each community comes together with its stakeholders to appreciate the specific Global Goals challenges that impact them directly as priorities, and to set community SDG targets…more

Chief Data Officer Summit

01/12/2015 – 02/12/2015, New York, USA

​The current explosion of data coupled with its role informing critical business decisions is driving the need for chief data officers. Boost revenue generation through more effective use of enterprise data insight at every level. Topics include Data Strategy, The Smart Data revolution and the Role of the CDO. Topics covered will include: Implementing an Effective Data Strategy, Making Data a Strategic Asset to Your Organization, Creating a Data Culture, The Rise of the CDO, The Importance of Good Data Governance, Leveraging Data to Create Competitive Advantage…more​​