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Open Data Resources from the GovLab

Saturday March 4, 2017 marks the 7th annual International Open Data Day — an event in which participants across the globe will “create local events that will use open data in their communities” with the idea of demonstrating its positive value. Over 322 events are currently planned across all 6 continents. This year’s event highlights four areas […]

Launching DataCollaboratives.org –  A New Resource on Creating Public Value by Exchanging Data

See Press Release Recent years have seen exponential growth in the amount of data being generated and stored around the world. There is increasing recognition that this data can play a key role in solving some of the most difficult public problems we face. However, much of the potentially useful data is currently privately held and […]

Compilation of Predictions for 2017

Curated by Robert Montano, Prianka Srinivasan, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young It’s the season of predictions. As we usher in the new year, what will 2017 or 2070 be like? In our on-going attempt to identify the signal in the noise, we reviewed many annual forecasts and selected some of the most relevant to governance innovation. […]

Case Studies on Open Data for Developing Economies Now Open for Review – Calling Experts on Cambodia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Paraguay and Uganda

Today, the GovLab is opening for peer review the remaining draft case studies from the Open Data for Developing Economies project, a collaboration with USAID, FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) and the Web Foundation. The seven case studies being made available today follow the opening of the project’s final report and […]

Do You Know about Open Data in Burundi, Colombia, Nepal, South Africa or Tanzania; Or Want to Learn More? Sign up NOW!

Continuing the GovLab’s practice of seeking broad input on our work prior to formal publication, we are today opening the first batch of case studies from the Open Data for Developing Economies project for peer review. These case studies were developed in collaboration with USAID, FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) and […]

Calling All Peer Reviewers – Review Our Report on the Impact of Open Data for Developing Economies

Much of our work at the GovLab is premised on the idea that expertise is diffused throughout society, and when demands are matched by often-untapped expertise outcomes can be improved. It’s with that hypothesis in mind that we look to open the peer review process of our research, rather than relying on a ‘usual suspect’ […]

Registration Open: Open Data Research Symposium 2016

REGISTER NOW On October 5th, researchers from around the world will gather in Madrid, Spain for the 2nd annual Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS). Registration for this year’s ODRS is now open. A pre-event for this year’s International Open Data Conference (IODC), ODRS will provide an opportunity to reflect critically on the findings of their completed research and […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data for Developing Economies

By Andrew Young, Stefaan Verhulst, and Juliet McMurren This edition of the GovLab Selected Readings was developed as part of the Open Data for Developing Economies research project (in collaboration with WebFoundation, USAID and fhi360). Special thanks to Maurice McNaughton, Francois van Schalkwyk, Fernando Perini, Michael Canares and David Opoku for their input on an early draft. Please contact […]

Creating Simpler, More Effective Government Services for Everyone

The GovLab, Pivotal and the 21st Century Democracy and Technology Meetup recently hosted a talk by Jen Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, on deploying simpler, more effective government services for everyone. Pahlka shared insights gained from her time leading efforts to improve government services […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Collaboratives (Updated and Expanded)

By Neil Britto, David Sangokoya, Iryna Susha, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In […]