December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, Open Data Watch (ODW) wishes all of our partners a healthy and happy new year. This year, despite the unprecedented challenges, ODW continued work towards transparency and access to high-quality data to guide critical decisions. To learn more about this year’s accomplishments, check out our end of the year blog.  …

November 2020

Among major news this month is the release of the latest Open Data Inventory (ODIN) – the global assessment of the coverage and openness of official statistics – showing remarkable progress. Other reports cover the vulnerability of women and girls to COVID-19, data responsibility, data innovation, the usability of SDG reporting platforms, and combating world hunger with better data.

October 2020

Over 10,000 development data experts from 180 countries met in October at the UN World Data Forum (UNWDF) on how to build capacity and increase investment in data and statistics for a more equitable, well-governed, sustainable and resilient future. Other October articles and reports highlighted topics ranging from pandemic data, to open science, to climate and gender data.

September 2020

Heads of governments, companies, and organizations gather virtually for the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly and the fifth anniversary of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. ODW examines gaps in the data needed to measure progress toward SDGs. Others report progress using data for initiatives ranging from forestry, to HIV health, to gender equality.

August 2020

August was action packed this year with the launch of the latest report on regional gender data availability, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with sustainable development initiatives ranging from new ways to measure poverty and racial inequality to new commitment to data-driven decision-making.

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.