This post was written by Michael Cañares, regional research manager at our Open Data Labs Jakarta and was originally published by the Web Foundation. Photo © Newspaper Club, CC BY-NC-ND. As a citizen of the Philippines, a country that has been without a right to information law for more than 20 years, I find today — the International Day for […]
That co-creation buzzword: reflections from the open government for public service delivery workshop in Manila
This post originally appears on the Open Government Partnership website, as part of a series on public service delivery for open government. A friend of mine hates development buzzwords. Ever since Andrea Cornwall and her colleagues published “Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords” in 2010, said friend has always been conscious about her work language […]
Women at the Forefront of Open Data in Malaysia
For the last two years, the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta has worked with government and civil society actors in Malaysia to advocate for more openness in the Malaysian government. While Malaysia has initiated several open data initiatives in the past, like the launch of its national government open data portal, the […]
Open data and freedom of information: complements or competitors?
Can open data improve people’s access to information? Michael Cañares, Regional Research Manager at the Open Data Lab Jakarta looks at how citizens in Banda Aceh used Indonesia’s Freedom of Information Act, and how open data worked to bolster citizen participation. If you’re heading to IODC, join him at the Open Data Research Symposium and […]
#IODC15 Day 1: Is there a need to reframe the open data discourse?
The International Open Data Conference 2015 (IODC 2015) kicked off this morning with an opening plenary that featured prominent speakers with different viewpoints (the optimists, the critical), roles (evangelists, suppliers, intermediaries, users), and from different sectors (government, media, INGO, private sector, research institute). The opening plenary, and the sessions within the day, raised very important […]
Why we need more open data advocates – and what we are doing about it
In recent years, several stakeholders have pushed for the creation and implementation of programs related to open data especially in the context of governments, aid agencies, businesses, academics, civil society organizations, and civic hackers. It is argued that greater openness in data will address problems, issues, and challenges related to governance, economic growth, service delivery, […]
Financial transparency and information regimes: Initial lessons from OD4T project
With funding support from the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI), the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta is implementing the ‘Promoting the Use of Open Data to Strengthen Fiscal Transparency in Indonesia and the Philippines’ (OD4T) project. The goal of the project is to improve local fiscal government transparency in the aforementioned countries. To […]