Opening Government Data through Mediation: Exploring the Roles, Practices and Strategies of Data Intermediary Organisations in India

Opening Government Data through Mediation: Exploring the Roles, Practices and Strategies of Data Intermediary Organisations in India

In early 2012, Government of India approved the first policy in the country governing proactive disclosure of government data, and especially of born-digital and digitised data. This National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) extends the mandate of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to establish policy and administrative support to enable informed citizenship, better decision-making and heightened transparency and accountability.

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Briefing: Full disclosure policy is nice but not enough

Briefing: Full disclosure policy is nice but not enough

The Philippines is one of the 8 pioneering countries in the world that founded the Open Government Partnership in September 2011. The partnership calls for greater availability of government information to the public, implement standards of transparency and accountability in governments, as well as use technology for openness and accountability.

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Open data in legislative : The case of Sao Paulo City Council

Open data in legislative : The case of Sao Paulo City Council

Open Government Data policies in Brazil are still relatively recent. The beginning Open Government Data portal came in 2011. However, according to Matheus, Ribeiro and Vaz (2012), it is possible to find a number of open data policies in national and sub-national governments across Brazil: particularly at the states and municipality level.

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Measuring open data’s impact of Brazilian national and sub-national budget transparency websites and its impacts on people’s rights

Measuring open data’s impact of Brazilian national and sub-national budget transparency websites and its impacts on people’s rights

Having to access to budget information is critical for ensuring transparency in the public sector, thus enhancing its effectiveness and accountability, Recently, a movement was launched for data to be open, that is, freely available, in a timely fashion and to any citizen. This is a new process that is still under way and whose features vary according to the country where it is taking place. In Brazil, the availability of data on public management has increased since the Access to Information Act (LAI, in its Portuguese acronym) was passed in 2011, which governs the procedures to be followed by the federated entities to ensure access to information to society

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Case study: Open data in the governance of South African higher education

Case study: Open data in the governance of South African higher education

The availability and accessibility of open data has the potential to increase transparency and accountability and, in turn, the potential to improve the governance of universities as public institutions. In addition, it is suggested that open data is likely to increase the quality, efficacy and efficiency of research and analysis of the national higher education system by providing a shared empirical base for critical interrogation and reinterpretation. The Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) has developed an online, open data platform providing institutional-level data on South African higher education. However, other than anecdotal feedback, little is known about how the data is being used. Using CHET as a case study, this project studied the use of the CHET open data initiative by university planners as well as by higher education studies researchers. It did so by considering the supply of and demand for open data as well as the roles of intermediaries in the South African higher education governance ecosystem

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Open Government Data for Effective Public Participation: Findings of a Case Study Research Investigating The Kenya's Open Data Initiative in Urban Slums and Rural Settlements

Open Government Data for Effective Public Participation: Findings of a Case Study Research Investigating The Kenya's Open Data Initiative in Urban Slums and Rural Settlements

In 2013, the year that Kenya Celebrated 50 years of independence, a new constitution came into force, including fundamental principles focussed on public participation and the promotion of a more open society.

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Case Study Report on Investigation of the Use of the Online National Budget of Nigeria

Case Study Report on Investigation of the Use of the Online National Budget of Nigeria

Nigeria is a county facing severe challenges from corruption and weak governance. In the last year, Open Government Data initiatives have been launched in resource-rich Edo State, soon followed by an initiative at the Federal level with the objective of driving innovation, investment and economic growth by enabling access to government data. Through opening government data these initiatives also aim to encouraging feedback, information-sharing and increased accountability.

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Open Data and Sub-national Governments: Lessons from Developing Countries

Open Data and Sub-national Governments: Lessons from Developing Countries

Open government data (OGD) as a concept is gaining currency globally due to the strong advocacy of global organisations as Open Government Partnership. In recent years, there has been increased commitment on the part of national governments to proactively disclose information.

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Public access to information for development : a guide to effective implementation of right to information laws (English)

Public access to information for development : a guide to effective implementation of right to information laws (English)

With more than 100 right to information (RTI) laws also called freedom of information or access to information laws now in place globally, the groundwork has been laid to advance more transparent, accountable, and inclusive governance as a pathway to poverty reduction and economic development. This guide explores the historical development of RTI laws, the factors that drive passage and effective implementation of these laws, the operation of the laws, and the impact of these laws in different country contexts and sectors, as well as the challenges of measuring the contribution of RTI laws to development outcomes.

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Closing the Feedback Loop : Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?

Closing the Feedback Loop : Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?

The report analyzes in depth both the factors and process of using new technologies to enhance the delivery of primary health services to pregnant women in Karnataka, India, and of several community mapping and crowdsourcing programs in Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Libya, Sudan, and other countries.

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How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency and Accountability Projects?

How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency and Accountability Projects?

This paper, produced under the research and evidence (R&E) component of the Making All Voices Count programme, reviews experience in the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) in evaluating transparency and accountability (T&A) initiatives, and where evidence exists, in evaluating Technology-for-Transparency-and-Accountability (henceforth T4T&A, also known as Tech-4-T&A) initiatives. The paper aims to contribute to understanding the potential usefulness of RCT approaches within Making All Voices Count and similar aid and research programmes and grant mechanisms.

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