In our lessons learned papers, we reflect on our experiences with various projects, studies, and activities. With them, we share our perspective on the successes and shortcomings of each project. We hope these lessons can inform and inspire others working on similar projects.
Starting Conversations between Citizens and the State with Open Data: Insights from the Education Sector in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
(Linking Freedom of Information and Open Data in Banda Aceh)
This paper summarises how Banda Aceh was able to use open data to stimulate greater demand for information. The keys to success were a participatory, bottom-up process in which civil society groups identified which datasets would be most valuable to them, coupled with close collaboration with the government to build the trust needed to release that data—an approach we refer to as ‘responsive open data model’.
Using Photography to Capture Data in Everyday Life
This paper summarises our lessons learned from the Data2Life. Life2Data. project, in which we used photography to visually depict how different stakeholders produce, consume, and use data at the local level, as well as validate the accuracy of data by capturing actual objects, people, processes, and events that data represent. Data plays an increasingly central role in our daily lives, and by creating a rich photographic record of open data in use, we can shed new light and understanding of the opportunities and challenges around data.
Language: The English version is available here.
Open Data and Fiscal Transparency:
How Can We Unlock the Benefits?
(Open Data for Transparency)
Every day, national, regional, and local governments spend vast sums of citizens’ tax money. However, all too often, there is a lack of transparency around how these public funds are spent. In Indonesia and the Philippines, civil society groups have consistently clamoured for more accountability in public finances in areas such as procurement, education, and infrastructure. This paper summarises the approach we used and the lessons we learned as we explored how open data might best be harnessed for fiscal transparency in the region.