How are open data and public service innovation connected?


On March 22, we’re hosting an event at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform in Jakarta: “Innovation in Public Services through Open Data: Learning from Indonesian Cross-Sectoral Champions”. The event will have two components – a forum and an exhibition – and aims to introduce the different actors implementing innovative, open data-driven solutions to […]

Building the Case for Open Data to Fight Corruption in Indonesia

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On 21 March, the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta, together with Transparency International Indonesia and Open Government Indonesia, and with the support of Ford Foundation is holding a roundtable discussion on “Open Data and the Fight Against Corruption in Indonesia”. The event will be held at the Office of the President in Jakarta, Indonesia, […]

Engage, Incubate, and Collaborate: How We Innovate and Help Make Indonesian Cities More Open


Original photo from the Diary of a Hotel Addict, CC BY 2.0. Colour and add-on modifications by the Open Data Lab Jakarta. When we first started our Innovating for Open Cities project last year with the support of Making All Voices Count, we embarked on a mission to demonstrate the value of open data in […]

Open is the New Smart: Making Cities Work for Citizens


A celebration of Open Data Day in Jakarta What: “Open is the New Smart: Making Cities Work for Citizens” Event Where: Goethehaus Jakarta When: 7th of March, 16:00 to 19:00 Register: Through our Eventbrite page, or contact Antya Widita ( On March 7, we’re organising the “Open is the New Smart: Making Cities Work for […]

The year that was: looking back at 2016


Though a rocky year globally, 2016 was a year of growth at the Jakarta Lab. We kickstarted new partnerships that took us out of our comfort zones, helped launch open data portals, took on the challenge of blending data with culture and with smart cities, and much more. Though we faced challenges along the way, […]

Delivering Digital Equality: The Web Foundation’s 2017 – 2022 Strategy


This article was originally posted on the Web Foundation’s website. You can view it here. Our Focus “This is for everyone.” This simple message is what Sir Tim Berners-Lee — the inventor of the web, and founding director of the Web Foundation — shared with 900 million people during the opening ceremony of the London […]

From Placard to Policy: Why capacity building matters


How Indonesian civil society used open data to shift mining policy At the Jakarta Lab, we’re lucky to find many reasons to celebrate – from what we do, to where it takes us and what we learn along the way. Just recently, we had another reason to be proud of our work: our partner GeRAK […]

Open Data & the OGP Founding 8: Where Are They Now?


This post is originally published by the Web Foundation, in “Open Data & the OGP Founding 8: Where Are They Now?”, dated 6 December 2016. Image © Descrier, CC BY 2.0 Five years on from the founding of the Open Government Partnership, how are the original OGP members faring on the implementation of open data? […]

Take-aways from the Southeast Asia Open Data Innovation Week


This post was originally posted on, written by Ivy Ong from @ivyong_ph DVa, Pitch Perfect, OpenCeption, Go Map Go – just some of the witty names these fun peeps came up w/ for their #opendata #InnoWeek tools! — Open Data Lab JKT (@ODLabJkt) November 24, 2016 Last week, around 22 innovators met at […]

Who participates? Who benefits? Forum on Women’s Rights Online in Indonesia


This is a guest post from the Web Foundation’s Ingrid Brudvig, Lead Researcher of the Women’s Rights Online report. In October 2015, the Web Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online network launched a global report based on a year-long household survey research project in ten cities, including Jakarta, focused on poor urban communities. The global findings show […]