Today we are formally launching our new publication, The State of Open Data — Histories and Horizons. This 18-month ambitious project has culminated in almost 600 pages and a comprehensive review of the history of open data across different sectors, issues, and regions from a multitude of perspectives. Over 60 authors have written for the book with hundreds more individuals contributing from the open data community.

It’s our hope that by looking at the past, even if it’s only a decade, we can create an even brighter future. As we wrote in our book’s introduction:


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From the beginning of the State of Open Data project, we have been sharing and reflecting about our process and methodology in our pursuit of collaborative and open research. Ahead of the publication of The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons in the next few weeks, we’re reflecting again on the topic and what we have learned now that the project has come to an end. In this post, we look at the question of diversity and inclusivity.

As our chapter on Open Data Stakeholders: Researchers explores, “articles on open government data are predominantly produced by male authors from…


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In the forthcoming conclusion of The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons, the importance of data literacy is front and centre:

Securing the benefits of open data, and mitigating the risks associated with the abuse of data by powerful actors, requires much more widespread data literacy. Models for capacity building exist, but few have been tested at scale….

Fundamentally, open data literacy is not just about technical skills. It involves a critical awareness of the right to know, the power of data, and how data can be explored and questioned.

Data literacy inside government is vital for improving the…


The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons has gone to print, and we’re putting the finishing touches to the open access online version. Over the past 18-months, we’ve brought together hundreds of voices to shape this new resource — looking back at a decade of open data activity and then forward to explore the vital role that open data has to play in the future.

The official book launch will precede the Open Government Partnership Summit in Ottawa on May 27th. Please join us if you can. Register here!

In advance of the Summit, we have also organised events…


By: Open Data Watch and the State of Open Data team

The ninth annual celebration of Open Data Day on March 2nd was an opportunity to highlight the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. This is also an ideal time to reflect on open data implementation around the world.

The State of Open Data reviews the development of the open data field over the past ten years and can be used to take stock of the progress and challenges in the field since the first open data day…


Over the last ten months our fantastic team of authors, reviewers and contributors have been working to create short summary articles that take stock of the open data landscape in particular communities, amongst particular stakeholder groups, in different regions, or in light of key cross-cutting issues. We started with an open brainstorm (environment scans), and have used these to create peer-reviewed chapters, containing examples, case studies, and recommendations for further reading.

Ahead of the International Open Data Conference in Buenos Aires, we’re publishing quick-read ‘key points’ summaries, as well as public drafts of a number of chapters.

We’ve also blogged…


Over the last ten months our fantastic team of authors, reviewers and contributors have been working to create short summary articles that take stock of the open data landscape in particular communities, amongst particular stakeholder groups, in different regions, or in light of key cross-cutting issues. We started with an open brainstorm (environment scans), and have used these to create peer-reviewed chapters, containing examples, case studies, and recommendations for further reading.

Ahead of the International Open Data Conference in Buenos Aires, we’re publishing quick-read ‘key points’ summaries, as well as public drafts of a number of chapters.

You can also…


Ahead of the International Open Data Conference in Buenos Aires, we’re publishing quick-read ‘key points’ summaries based on the authors work, as well as public drafts of a number of chapters.

For our cross-cutting issue chapters we’ve prepared public drafts of each, along with quick-read key points which you can read below.

You can also read our summary blog post of State of Open Data findings so far here.

Read on below for key points, chapter drafts and environment scan links

Open Data & Data infrastructure

Authors: Leigh Dodds (Open Data Institute) & Peter Wells (Open Data Institute)

  • Understanding data infrastructure by analogy to physical infrastructure like roads and rail helps us to see the range of…


Over the last ten months our fantastic team of authors, reviewers and contributors have been working to create short summary articles that take stock of the open data landscape in particular communities, amongst particular stakeholder groups, in different regions, or in light of key cross-cutting issues. We started with an open brainstorm (environment scans), and have used these to create peer-reviewed chapters, containing examples, case studies, and recommendations for further reading.

Ahead of the International Open Data Conference in Buenos Aires, we’re publishing quick-read ‘key points’ summaries based on the authors work, as well as public drafts of the first…


Next week, hundreds of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and technologists will be gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the fifth International Open Data Conference. Under the banner, ‘The Future is Open’, the conference and it’s many fringe events will share learning, explore ideas, and plan actions that can move work on open data forward over the coming years.

To support those discussions, we’ve been preparing public drafts of many of the State of Open Data chapters (ahead of the full book being published in early 2019), and we’ve pulled out key points for quick reading.

State of Open Data

A review of the open data movement and its capacity to address social and economic challenges across sectors, regions, & communities.

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