As part of ODW’s “watch” function What’s Being Said  has regularly provided a monthly review of key articles and reports on open data, SDGs, gender data, and official statistics related to the data revolution. To make access quicker and hopefully more useful, instead of a monthly general list, we are now beginning to separate out certain topics, update on a rolling basis, and present resources following the Data Value Chain model.

Below are links to the three thematic resources pages developed so far for What’s Being Said. These include pages related to data on covid-19, civil registration and vital statistics, and census.

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Resources

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) record births, deaths, and other major life events that are essential to understanding the development of a country and its people. CRVS are critical for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals and in particular women, girls, and other vulnerable groups.

DATA in the time of COVID-19

The largest collection of links to COVID-19 datasets, dashboards, visualizations, and articles on how understand and use open data to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.


An archive of past What’s Being Said entries are available through the link below. Prior to curating What’s Being Said content based on thematic topics, ODW provided a full scope of discourse across a wide-range of themes on the data revolution in periodic posts. These posts are available from July 2014 to February 2021 and included articles and posts, events, talks, and other resources that furthered the conversation.