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Martin Getzendanner1/20/2016 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.

by Eric Swan​son

Martin Getzendanner10/8/2015 4:00 PMOpinions 

​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 Getzendanner9/9/2015 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.​

​by Eric Swanson

Martin Getzendanner9/8/2015 11:43 AMOpinions 

​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.

by Misha Belkindas

Deirdre Appel7/15/2015 3:55 AMOpinions 

​There are many important questions about the data revolution; we have provided answers to some common questions in a new publication.

by ​Eric Swanson

Martin Getzendanner7/13/2015 11:00 AMEvents; 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.  

by Zach Christensen

Martin Getzendanner5/13/2015 8:46 AMEvents 

Although our usual approach is to work quietly in the background, ODW has been asked recently for media interviews on various "open data" topics. 

​by Martin Getzendanner

Martin Getzendanner4/17/2015 6:45 AMResearch 

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.

by Shaida Badiee

Martin Getzendanner3/9/2015 10:30 AMOpinions 

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.

by Martin Getzendanner

Shaida Badiee2/10/2015 7:55 AMOpinions 

​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 Farivari8/5/2014 12:42 PMOpinions 

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 Badiee6/16/2014 6:10 PMIdeas; 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 Farivari6/6/2014 9:11 AMOpinions 

​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 Getzendanner6/5/2014 1:00 PMOpinions; 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

by Viviana Z​alles