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Introducing Open Data Watch

Open Data Watch is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization founded by three development data specialists. The Open Data Watch team has extensive experience in development data management and statistical capacity building in developing countries. We are committed to making high-quality data open and available in all countries and development agencies.

Open Data Open Opportunities 

We are in the middle of a data revolution with new sources of data and new methods of data analysis changing what we know about the world. This is a revolution that began in more advanced economies but offers many opportunities for developing ones. What will it take? Increased investments in household and establishment surveys, complete civil registration and administrative record systems, and innovative use of “big data” sources. Improved methods of data production, documentation, and preservation will increase the value of data collections. But the full value of data can only be realized when they are open -- free of charge, available to everyone in readily accessible formats, and licensed without limitation for use and reuse.​

Monitoring & Reporting

There is a widespread interest in open data. Open Data Watch is monitoring implementation of open data programs and developing tools to assess the​m. ODW also sponsors workshops, seminars, and on-line discussions to advocate for open data and champion new ideas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Knowledge & Partnership

Open Data Watch believes that development knowledge should be openly available and freely shared. ODW builds partnerships to increase understanding of development data and share knowledge of technical experts, tools, and sources for financial support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Strategy & Guidance

Open Data Watch provides technical assistance to strengthen countries’ and agencies’ data management and dissemination practices. ODW offers strategic advice and guidance in the implementation of projects leading to overall improvements in statistical capacity.                                                                                                                                                          



The growing partnership for open data is notable in its diversity. It includes energetic champions in governmental and international agencies, civil society, academia, foundations and professional associations. Open Data Watch draws on and works with these groups in many different ways...