Science organisations sign open data access accord

[CAPE TOWN] Four leading international science organisations have announced a global accord proposing principles and practices for open access to research data. The accord titled Open data in a big data world was announced last month (9 December) during Science Forum South Africa held in Pretoria. “Maximising public benefit from the data revolution in both…

Experts call for open agricultural data platform

[ABUJA] Africa needs to refocus research thinking and agenda on the continent for agriculture to become productive and aid development, say agricultural experts. According to panellists at a SciDev.Net event organised in conjunction with the UK-based International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications this month (1 March) in Nigeria, research is necessary for agricultural…

Improve Coordination, Partnership in Geospatial Information Management

Addis Ababa — As the curtain falls on the 4th High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management, geo-spatial experts, interested parties and governments declare the necessity of fit-for-purpose geo-spatial information for successful implementation of development programmes. The Addis Ababa Declaration, adopted by over 300 delegates from 57 different countries resolves to “advocate for…

Ghana drops 24 places in open data barometer

By Emmanuel Odonkor Ghana has fallen 24 places in rank, in the World Wide Web Foundation’s third Open Data Barometer which makes an inter-country assessment of governments’ performance in providing open data under the Global Open Data Initiative dedicated to open governance and accountability. The country is ranked 70th out of 92 countries around the world,…

OGP Africa Regional Meeting 2016

The government of South Africa is pleased to announce that the 2016 Open Government Partnership Africa Regional Meeting will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from  May 5 – 6, 2016 and preceded by a Civil Society Day and OGP Points of Contact Conference, which will take place on May 4, 2016. The theme…

OGP Needs a Reboot

By Steve Adler The Open Government Partnership was created in 2011 as an international forum for nations committed to implementing Open Government programs for the advancement of their societies.  The idea of Open Government started in the 1980’s when CSPAN was created to broadcast American House and Senate proceedings and hearings to the American public…

How Much Development Data Is Enough?

By Keith D. Shepherd NAIROBI – Rapid advances in technology have dramatically lowered the cost of gathering data. Sensors in space, the sky, the lab, and the field, along with newfound opportunities for crowdsourcing and widespread adoption of the Internet and mobile telephones, are making large amounts of information available to those for whom it…