|Martin Getzendanner||1/20/2016 12:00 AM|| |
Rating the quality of GDP estimates for 154 countries, World Economics has released a Data Quality Index (DQI) as a "new way to judge which countries' GDP you can trust." But, acknowledging serious questions about GDP and national accounts data, it is striking that the DQI depends heavily on GDP, directly and through proxy indicators. The grouping and scaling of underlying data also pose serious problems for interpretation of the index.
|Martin Getzendanner||10/8/2015 4:00 PM||Opinions|| |
News that the rate of extreme poverty in the world declined again in 2012 sounds positive. But something is missing. World Bank says programs to end poverty face many obstacles, among them a lack of regularly-reported, high quality data. A recent SDSN study estimates the cost for such data at less than $27 million a year, but to date there has been no commitment by any international sponsor to ensure reliable data collection.
by Shaida Badiee and Eric Swanson
|Martin Getzendanner||9/9/2015 11:00 AM|| |
A recent Brookings' study, that characterizes the extra cost of filling SDG data gaps as "paltry," under-estimates the challenge of improving statistical capacity in developing countries and risks creating complacency over the need for serious, continuing investments.
|Martin Getzendanner||9/8/2015 11:43 AM||Opinions|| |
International partnerships will play a significant role in producing the data need for the post-2015 agenda and will lead the way in improving how the international statistical community works.
|Deirdre Appel||7/15/2015 3:55 AM||Opinions|| |
There are many important questions about the data revolution; we have provided answers to some common questions in a new publication.
|Martin Getzendanner||7/13/2015 11:00 AM||Events; Opinions; Research|| |
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Open Data Watch have written a key report for the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa that calls for mobilizing $1 billion per year for statistical systems to track the Sustainable Development Goals.
|Martin Getzendanner||5/13/2015 8:46 AM||Events|| |
Although our usual approach is to work quietly in the background, ODW has been asked recently for media interviews on various "open data" topics.
|Martin Getzendanner||4/17/2015 6:45 AM||Research|| |
Developing a clear estimate for the
scale of resources needed for statistical capacity of countries to
produce the needed data for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
is critical. A comprehensive assessment has now been published.
|Martin Getzendanner||3/9/2015 10:30 AM||Opinions|| |
The No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are launching today the No Ceilings Full Participation Report at a major event in New York City.
|Shaida Badiee||2/10/2015 7:55 AM||Opinions|| |
This week there is a lot happening on CRVS in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, where the Third Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration with a theme of “Promoting use of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in support of Good Governance in Africa” is taking place.
|Reza Farivari||8/5/2014 12:42 PM||Opinions|| |
If you are developing Open Data
applications, best to keep in mind the growing mobile market. While you
may think your clients are still sitting behind desktop machines or
balancing laptops on their knees, there may also be lots of data hungry
mobile users out there who should not be neglected.
|Shaida Badiee||6/16/2014 6:10 PM||Ideas; Opinions|| |
Welcome to the Open Data Watch website. ODW is a new, non profit
company founded by three development data specialists. We come from
different countries and backgrounds, but we share a passion for good
statistics and a commitment to promoting open data across the world.
|Reza Farivari||6/6/2014 9:11 AM||Opinions|| |
What makes an open data site special, desirable, and impressive? In my
opinion, the first is what the site contains. How relevant and useful
are the data? Are they clearly identified and well documented? Are they
up-to-date? Unless the data are meant to be stagnant (for example, the
findings of a research study) or archived, and labeled as such, most
users want data to be very current
|Martin Getzendanner||6/5/2014 1:00 PM||Opinions; Research|| |
During my time as an intern at Open
Data Watch, I reviewed the availability and openness of data in poor,
developing countries. I wanted to get a general idea of what the data
environment looks like in the developing world