Open Data Asia 2020

Exploring approaches to open data in constrained environments.
Connecting follow-the-money communities through open data.
Understanding the role of open data in urban governance.
Adopting open data to bridge information gaps.


Priorities, opportunities, and challenges for securing developmental outcomes from open data vary across geographies. It is important for the agenda for open data research and innovation to be set, owned and driven by local stakeholders. Earlier this year we convened a workshop with representatives from government, civil society, academia, and media from eleven countries across Asia to jointly define the region’s open data agenda leading to 2020.

This regional agenda-setting workshop was conducted as part of the IDRC-funded Harnessing Open Data to Achieve Development Results in Africa and Asia project and organised in partnership with the Open Data for Development Network. The primary result of the workshop is an open data strategy for the region, dubbed as Open Data Asia 2020, which articulates what the state of open data should be in the region by 2020 – and how this could be jointly achieved by the different stakeholders involved, which include governments, businesses, and civil society organisations.

Building on the outcomes of the workshop, we are engaging in a range of thematic areas with partners across the region through targeted research and innovation projects to contribute to the realisation of our joint vision.


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Start: February 2015     End: On-Going


Open Data Agenda-Setting for Asia
This report summarises key insights, discussions, outcomes from the Open Data Agenda-Setting for Asia 2015 workshop.

Open Data Agenda-Setting for Africa
This report summarises key insights, discussions, outcomes from the Open Data Agenda-Setting for Africa session in the Data Revolution conference of 2015.

Flickr Album
Photos from the regional workshop in Asia.