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.

September-October, 2014

On September 25th, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution held its first meeting in New York. A series of papers and blog posts surrounded this event. They provided suggestions and recommendations for the IEAG. We’ve listed brief summaries and links to some of these publications. If the list…

UN Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution Appointed

An Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution has been created by the UN Secretary-General to recommend what is needed to address data gaps and improve national statistical capacities for sustainable development. It will review opportunities due to technical innovations and many new public and private data providers that can strengthen traditional statistical systems and improve accountability…

July-September, 2014

Despite the summer heat and vacation schedules, conversations about the Data Revolution have been lively over the past few months. This has been particularly the case in the context of the UN launch of its Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution on August 29th. Below is a list of blogs and articles we…

Open Data for Africa

During my time as an intern at Open Data Watch, I reviewed the availability and openness of data in poor, developing countries. I wanted to get a general idea of what the data environment looks like in the developing world. I asked myself: “If I were a citizen of country X and I wanted to find data about my country, could I do so and how difficult would it be?”

A Data Revolution for Those Who Need It Most

​More than 60 thought-leaders from the data for development community met in Washington DC  to discuss how to implement the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution.  Conclusions focused on creative solutions at the national level.  The event was also an occasion to celebrate PARIS21’s 15th anniversary.

Gender Data Gaps Highlighted at Data2x Roundtable

We can only make women’s lives better if data are available to monitor their status. But, as highlighted in a report “Mapping Gender Data Gaps,” data are often incomplete and a concerted global effort is needed to improve the scope and quality of gender statistics. A roundtable hosted by Da​ta2X (a collaboration of the UN Foundation, the…