Open Data Watch is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that works at the intersection of open data and official statistics. It monitors the accessibility and comprehensiveness of official data in over 180 countries and provides practical information and assistance in implementing open data policies and systems. The Open Data Watch team has unparalleled experience in development data and is committed to making open data a global reality in support of Sustainable Development Goals.

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​​

ICT Data Revolution

30/11/2015 – 02/12/2015, Hiroshima, Japan

​The 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-2015) will feature discussions on pertinent topics such as big data from the ICT sector and the data revolution, progress in measuring the impact of ICT, ICT indicators and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) monitoring framework and measuring ICT innovation, alongside new developments in data visualization. The results of the work of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and the Expert Group on Household Indicators (EGH) will be presented for adoption by the WTIS-2015…more

Africa calls for better data and better lives -18/11/2015

​18/11/2015, Africa

African countries converge for African Statistics Day 2015 in hopes of raising public awareness about the importance of statistics in economic and social development and in preserving the environment. Each member country reflects on their achievements and improvements made in their development trajectory as well progress made in measuring this development. The festivities have selected “Better data for better lives: Harnessing modern technology to enhance national statistical systems” as the theme for 2015…more