HOW DO WE WORK?
We start by identifying a pressing social problem that open data could help to solve. Then, we team up with partners and work from the bottom-up to develop, test, and refine possible solutions. We draw on years of experience, deep research, and bring practical lessons into play. We’re interested in tailored approaches rooted in local realities, not cut and paste solutions imported from elsewhere.
Our goal is to empower our partners to run their own sustainable open data initiatives that lead to social benefit. To enhance impact, we also share our learnings and methods openly – through the production of how-to-guides, lessons learned papers, and training manuals – and encourage others to use them in their work.
We also know that individual open data initiatives can only thrive in the right political, legal, and social climate. So, we invest time in fresh research – building evidence around how open data can solve complex challenges that benefit citizens. Then, we use this evidence to advocate for greater openness. Our regular workshops and events provide safe environments to facilitate dialogue among different stakeholder groups, encouraging partners to learn from each other.
The Labs’ work is focused on four key pillars: Research, Incubation, Training, and Engagement. These four pillars make sure our work creates practical models and a solid base of knowledgeable talent locally.
WHERE DO WE WORK?
Launched in 2014, the Jakarta Lab engages partners all over Southeast Asia to unlock the social, political, and economic benefits of open data. Our projects include: Empowering Civil Society – Strengthening Fiscal Transparency, Linking Freedom of Information and Open Data in Banda Aceh, Towards Demand-Driven & Inclusive Open Data in Jakarta. More projects are in the pipeline, so check back regularly for updates!
We plan to set up an Open Data Lab in Africa. We are currently in the scoping phase, and are already harnessing and building on our large network of partners in Africa, including universities, tech hubs, and civic groups, to conduct open data research and innovation projects across Africa.
WHO FUNDS US?
The Jakarta Lab is primarily financially supported by the Ford Foundation. We also have a wide array of individual project funders and partners. Check out our project pages to learn more.