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 […]

Masih Banyak Perempuan di Indonesia Belum Melek Internet


This is a guest post from ICT Watch’s Widuri, Lead Researcher of the Women’s Rights Online country-specific report for Indonesia. To get a copy of it in English, please get in touch with us at Menjamurnya perangkat mobile dan semakin terjangkaunya harga akses internet di Indonesia ternyata belum cukup mendorong para perempuan untuk memanfaatkan potensi teknologi dan internet […]

Southeast Asia Open Data Innovation Week: Why we’re doing it, what it’s about, and who’s going to be there


You’ve hopefully come across our announcements, but we’ll still say it once again: next week, from the 22nd to the 24th of November, the Southeast Asia Open Data Innovation Week will take place! The event is a collaboration between the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta and Goethe-Institut Indonesien, with the support of Making All […]

A week to remember: Exhibit opening, Toolkit building, Women’s Rights, UX design


Data has been hailed as the greatest resource of the 21st century. In just a single week in November, we’ll be showing just how fundamental data is to modern society, and how many elements of our life it touches through a series of events celebrating innovation, learning and creativity. From a travelling photo exhibition, to […]

When government and citizens collaborate to open health data


We have two new how-to guides based on our open data project in Banyuwangi In June this year, we concluded the implementation of the “Strengthening Local Bureaucracy Reform through Open Data” project, which focused on how open data can be used to strengthen relationships between government and civil society in order to achieve governance reforms […]