July 2020

July was a busy month for the development data community — new data for SDGs, gender data portals and initiatives, census data, tracking the trackers, trusting open data, inclusive data for policy, sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19, and more.

Census Data Drives Decision Making

Census data not only provide a count of people in a country, but also information on variables like gender, ethnicity, and income. To better understand the impact of census data on government revenue, political representation, and public programs such as response to the current pandemic, ODW has collected key articles and resources in this special edition.

June 2020

The updated Data in the Time of COVID-19 covers some grim milestones. Tracking online mentions and traffic for coronavirus data, Learning from Coronavirus Data Use and Demand looks at trends in how public conversation about COVID-19 is being driven by data. The weekly updates by ODW and Data2X spotlight the best gender-disaggregated data on the pandemic.

May 2020

As data-driven decision making is critical during the pandemic, ODW updated its special edition of What’s Being Said on COVID-19 (organized by data value chain stages) and also partnered with Data2X to review the gender impact of the pandemic. A virtual ODIN training session for Uzbekistan looked at country-specific ways to improve open data, and a number of new sustainable development data reports appeared.

April 2020

With data availability and openness being so important during the pandemic, ODW regularly updates its special edition of What’s Being Said on COVID-19. In addition, ODW, the UN Statistics Division and GPSDD are working on a new website to support NSO data continuity by sharing guidance, actions, tools, and best practices.

March 2020

The month kicked off with the 51st session of the UN Statistical Commission and ODW was also in Dubai to present the Open Data Inventory to the FCSA. But the unprecedented need for reliable data about the COVID-19 pandemic saw ODW, in its monitoring role at the intersection of open data and official statistics, devote particular attention to regular updates of a special edition of What’s Being Said on COVID-19 data resources.

February 2020

In February, ODW was in snowy Ottawa to co-host ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality with the IDRC and UNFPA where the third and final knowledge brief on best practices and key challenges to improve CRVS systems was released. End-month was marked by preparations for discussions at the 51st UN Statistical Commission on open data, gender data, and privacy.

January 2020

2020 took off in full force with preparations for the ConVERGE conference scheduled for end-February at IDRC with UNFPA. The month also included the PARIS21 conference on innovation, New Approaches to Capacity Development for Better Data, as well as an event at George Washington University, Data as a Development Issue, that looked at how data can stimulate development. 

December 2019

2019 ended with an action-packed month to maximize the impact of open data around the world. ODW partnered with the Open Government Partnership for an Open Data Workshop with innovation practitioners from the Government of the Republic of Korea and also began sending out invitations for the upcoming ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality conference in Ottawa in February…