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 […]
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 & 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 descrier.co.uk, 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? […]
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 […]
Banda Aceh: Where Good Coffee and Open Data Meet
My passion for open data almost rivals that of my passion for coffee. Almost, because nothing beats good, fresh, strong coffee. So naturally, it’s a win-win experience for me when these two could meet – even abstractly – through one of our projects! Banda Aceh’s taking big steps towards becoming an open data champion Banda […]
We had a blast at Rightscon 2015!
The conference area of Crowne Plaza Hotel Manila was buzzing with people attending Rightscon 2015. Representatives across various sectors—from journalists and activists, to major tech players such as Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and more – were present for the two-day event. The Web Foundation was also present, with members of the Open Data Labs, Web We […]
Looking back at 2014
Time flies fast: we’ve entered the second month of 2015 and already our Jakarta Lab’s been active with our on-going initiatives. Additionally, we worked together as a well-oiled team to organise and bring about the Regional Open Data Agenda-Setting Workshop 2015 and the official Launch of the Open Data Lab Jakarta, both held over a […]
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 […]
Wrapping up the Freedom of Information and Open Data project in Banda Aceh
The last of the workshops for the ‘Opening Data for Better Education in Aceh’ project is done – at least for the moment. With a big part of the Open Data Lab’s Jakarta team flying over to Banda Aceh, the 3-day final workshop was held from 09 -12 December 2014 in the Bappeda office of […]