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Open Data Resources

The resource library gathers a variety of resource that relate to open data and are produced by the community. For academic research about open data, please refer to the web foundation bibliography. To add a resource to the library, follow these steps.

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  • The Basics

    The Basics

    Open Government

    Daniel Lathrop, Laurel Ruma

    A collection of early articles and case studies discussing various aspects of open government and open data

    Open Presentation
    The Basics

    https://okfn.org/opendata/

    Open Knowledge International

    A very short intro to Open Data

    Open Website
    The Basics, standrads

    Open Government book

    Josh Trauber

    A book on the principles, practices, and a history of the open government data movement.

    Open Presentation
    The Basics

    Ten Open Data principles

    John Wonderlich

    Ten basic principles of open data that provide a lens to evaluate the extent to which government data is open and accessible to the public.

    Open Presentation
    The Basics

    W3C guidelines for Open Data

    Daniel Bennett, Adam Harvey

    Technical guidelines to publish open data

    Open Presentation
    The Basics

    Open Data Stack Exchange

    multiple

    Open Data Q & A portal

    Open Link
  • Policy

    The basics, Policy

    Open Government Data OGP

    Open Government Partnership, Access Info, Center for Global Development , Centre for Law and Democracy, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), Consumers International , Global Integrity, Global Witness, International Budget Partnership, International Records Management Trust, Involve, National Democratic Institute, Open Contracting Partnership, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Rights Group, Open Society Foundation, Privacy International, Publish What You Fund, Revenue Watch Institute, Sunlight Foundation , The Access Initiative, Twaweza and Whistleblowing International Network

    Guides which are targated to governments to Open Data - Comes with countries examples

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    From open data to a right to data: A response to the UN Data Revolution report

    Summary from a recent workshop with the Independent Expert Advisory Group’s lead author, Claire Melamed, where participants (including Publish What You Fund, ONE Campaign, Open Data Watch and other partners) reflected on what it would take to bring about a “data revolution” to make the global fight against poverty more effective.

    Open Website
    Policy

    Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age: Policy, Tools and Practices

    Videos from workshop about Access To Infomation, which has become one of the most promising tools to combat corruption, increase people’s participation in (self) governance and thus, to strengthen democracy.

    Open Video
    Policy

    World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

    This report sets out the main opportunities and risks presented by the data revolution for sustainable development. It is prepared at the request of the United National Secretary-General, by the 'Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development'.

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Open Data white paper (UK governent)

    Cabinet Office

    Policy paper by the british government regarding Open Data

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Web foundation ODRAs

    Web Foundation

    Open Data Assessment studies from Chile, Ghana and Indonesia

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Open Data field guide

    Socrata

    A comprehensive guide for publishers (mainly governments) for ensuring your open data program serves you and your citizens.

    Open Website
    Open Data Policy

    Open data, open government and critical consciousness

    Linda Raftree

    Recap of panel talk by Linda Raftree at the Engineers Without Borders, Canada, Annual Policy Forum. It summarizes how open data are having impact in 4 key areas: (1) economic growth/entrepreneurship, (2) transparency, accountability and governance, (3) improved resource allocation and provision of services and (4) connecting data dots and telling stories the public needs to know.

    Open Website
    The basics, Policy

    Open By Default

    Code for America

    An open data playbook to help you get started in your city or county

    Open Website
    Policy, civic engagement

    Guidelines on Open Government Data for Citizen Engagement

    The Guidelines on OGDCE focuses on how to open government data and how this can be useful for citizen engagement by providing an easy-to-use reference guide that introduces policy guidelines and best practice recommendations developed by the international community.

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Open Data Policy Guidelines

    Sunlight Foundation

    Open data guidelines addressing what data should be public, how to make data public, and how to implement policy

    Open Website
    FOI, Policy

    Access to Government Information: Right to Information and Open Government Data Synergy

    Aikaterini Yannoukakoua, Iliana Arakab

    This paper attempts to present the underlined ideology of the Open Government Data and Right To Information movements, which have fashioned the access to government information and to substantiate that the way to the future is a one-way street towards the greatest possible dissemination of government information as this can be established by the synergy of RTI and OGD in order to preserve and promote the primary human and political right to receive information so as to be informed and able to freely express opinions, ideas and thoughts.

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Open Government in Latin America

    OECD

    Case studies on Open Data in LATAM

    Open Presentation
    Policy

    Building Global Capacity on Open Data

    Account of a small team of independent evaluators who was invited to look at the Open Data in Developing Countries project, including talking to partners and collecting evidence to provide insights into the process, and the early impacts, of the project.

    Open Website
    Policy

    African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedom

    Article sets "12 Principles on the Internet" for social, economic and human development in Africa.

    Open Website
    FOI, Policy

    Open Government Data and the Right to Information: Opportunities and Obstacles

    Katleen Janssen

    Short overview of the drivers and background of the Open Government Data and Right To Information movements, plus an address of the commonalities and differences between both movements followed by an assessment of the risks and opportunities that the OGD movement can hold for the older, more established RTI.

    Open Website
    Policy, FOI

    Open Government Data: Right to Information 2.0 or its Rollback Version?

    Katleen Janssen

    This paper discusses the relationship between the open government data (OGD) movement and the right to information (RTI) movement.

    Open Website
    FOI, Policy

    Connecting Open Data and the Right to Information in Sierra Leone

    Historical account of when Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone, began a groundbreaking new research project as part of the Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) research network. The project aimed to assess the practicality of open data initiatives in post-conflict Sierra Leone and was one of 17 case studies in developing countries commissioned by the World Wide Web Foundation through a research grant from Canada’s International Development and Research Centre.

    Open Website
  • Standards

    The Basics, standrads

    Open Government book

    Josh Trauber

    A book on the principles, practices, and a history of the open government data movement.

    Open Presentation
  • Data Training

    Data trainings

    ODI Guides

    Open Data Institute

    A collection of guides covering issues such as licensing, privacy and data reuse

    Open Website
  • Right to Information

    Right for Information

    Open Procure

    multiple

    Open Procure lists public agencies and their respective procurement thresholds. This guide identifies the dollar amount under which a government agency can purchase a product or a service without having to solicit competitive bids.

    Open Link
    Freedom of Information

    Why Open Government is So Crucial To Our Society

    TedxSantaCruz

    Martha Mendoza talks about the importance of open government and about using Freedom of Information laws around the globe to ensure transparency. Basic video to explain the concept of Open Data

    Open Video
    Right for information

    Open Education Handbook

    Collaboration

    The Open Education Handbook is a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large. It has a section on Open Education data.

    Open Link
  • Privacy

    Privacy

    Transparent Government, Not Transparent Citizens: A Report on Privacy and Transparency for the Cabinet Office

    Kieron O’Hara

    A report about open data and privacy for the UK cabinet office with recommendations

    Open Presentation
    Privacy

    Government Open and Shut: Transparency, Privacy and Mass Surveillance

    Open Government Partnership

    This is a video of a panel that took place in November 2013 at the OGP summit in London. The panel discuss privacy issues in mass surveillance and in open data and suggests some solutions for it.

    Open Video
    Privacy

    Guide to data protection

    UK Information Commissioners' Office

    Explanation of the UK data protection act

    Open Website
    Privacy

    The year that governments struck back: Seven things you need to know about privacy in 2014

    Michael Rispoli

    The article highlight topics in survelliance and privacy in government data and present cases from around the world where privacy was violiated

    Open Website
    Privacy

    Open Data or Privacy Breach?

    Phil Wainewright

    This article looks at the privacy breaches in British Open Data and the difficulty in making all thing open without taking extra care of privacy.

    Open Website
    Privacy

    The Viagra Vote?

    Darren Samuelsohn

    This article discuss the ethics of data mining and data analytics for the perpuses of elections in the USA and the privacy implications of it.

    Open Website
    Privacy

    EU PSI open data and privacy

    EU guide to Open Data and Privacy

    Open Presentation
    Privacy

    Open Data Privacy notes

    IDRC research networks: Privacy in the Developing World network, and the Open Data in Developing Countries network

    Academic discussion on Open Data and privacy with clear definitions.

    Open Website
    Privacy

    Privacy and Biometric ID Systems - An Approach Using Fair InformationPractices for Developing Countries

    Robert Gellman

    This paper explore privacy practices in connection to the biometric id systems. The paper defines privacy principle, introduce the fair information practices and uses privacy assesment practices to understand privacy consequences. Lastly, the paper use biometric Id systems as a case study for this methods.

    Open Presentation
    Privacy

    Save the Titanic: Hands-on anonymisation and risk control of publishing open data

    A Guide to annonamization

    Open Website
  • Civic Engagement

    Civic Engagement

    How-to Guide: Opening Data From The Ground Up. Seven Steps To Open State, City, or Provincial Data Successfully

    Open Data Lab Jakarta

    This how-to-guide is intended for civil society groups who want to convince local governments to disclose government data in open formats so that they can use this for their advocacy or development work. This guide was developed based on the lessons from the project “Linking Freedom of Information and Open Data in Banda Aceh”.

    Open Link
    Civic engagement

    Open Government Data for Citizen Engagement in Managing Development

    Vyatcheslav Cherkasov, Deniz Susar, Daniel Dietrich

    Guidelines, tailored to the needs and contraints of developing countries, for policy makers and technologists to use to understand, design, implement and sustain open government data initiatives.

    Open Presentation
    Policy, civic engagement

    Guidelines on Open Government Data for Citizen Engagement

    The Guidelines on OGDCE focuses on how to open government data and how this can be useful for citizen engagement by providing an easy-to-use reference guide that introduces policy guidelines and best practice recommendations developed by the international community.

    Open Presentation
    Civic engagement

    Independent Reporting Mechanism - Civic Participation in Latin American OGP Commitments

    J. Preston Whitt

    This is a report about the participation of civil society in Open Gvoernment policies in 10 Latin American countries. The report is based on the independant report mechanism of the Open Government Partenrship. It is also suggests different ways to improve engagment with the community.

    Open Presentation
    Civic engagement

    Empowering the Open Data dialogue

    Laurenellen McCann and Alisha Green

    Open Website
  • Advocacy

    Advocacy

    Open Data and Access to Information Advocates Unite

    Jonathan Gray

    Blog post outlining what access to information has to do with open data.

    Open Website
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