PARTNERSHIP ON OPEN DATA (POD)1 The World Bank, the Open Data Institute and the Open Knowledge

Foundation have joined forces in the creation of a global partnership to help policy makers and citizens in developing countries understand and exploit the benefits of open data. Initial funding of $1.25 million in the first year comes from The World Bank’s Development Grant Facility. We are actively seeking additional partners to join our efforts. Partnership objectives 1. Supporting developing countries to plan, execute and run open data initiatives Officials in developing countries are recognizing the potential impacts of open data. They are looking for a range of support to assess their current readiness and to plan and execute national open data strategies. 2. Increase re-use of open data in developing countries Create data standards, guidelines, regional networks and demandside capacity. Data should be in a usable, well documented form, and there has to be an ecosystem of skills, support and peer learning to help bring about social and economic innovation. 3. Grow the base of evidence on the impact of open data for development There needs to be a credible evidence base focused on developing countries and socio-economic development in order to both win the support of officials and to better execute future open data initiatives.
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The POD’s activities will be directed towards developing countries, as defined by The World Bank. Types of Support The objectives of the programme are to support developing countries to plan, execute and run open data initiatives, to increase re-use of open data in developing countries, to develop an ecosystem of skills, support and peer-learning, and grow the base of evidence on the impact of open data for development. Open Data Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation will co-lead a scoping, research, and communications plan. In addition, we will implement Open Data Readiness Assessments and other technical assistance programs to developing countries and create guidelines and standards. Concurrent training and networking programmes will be offered by each organization. We will collaborate on workshops, conferences and seminars, and widely communicate the stories, case-studies and outcomes. The annex details the Action Plan for the first year. The Partnership is still at an early stage but we are looking for expressions of interest from:

Leaders and governments in developing countries who are interested in help and support in their local open data initiatives Civil society organizations who are interested in help and support in developing impact from open data Organizations who would like to join with us in supporting the open data initiatives in developing countries

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Annex 1 – POD LIST OF ACTIVITIES
POD LIST OF ACTIVITIES 0. Scoping Commission external individual or agency with expertise in both open data and development to work with ODI, OKF and the World Bank to complete a scoping study in Year 1, Quarter 1 aimed at discovering: • What are other institutions doing to support OD in developing countries • Approximate amount of resources they allocate to support developing countries over a given time period • What countries are they working with • Whether they are already pursuing or planning to pursue activities similar to those below • Whether they are interested to collaborate with POD to pursue joint activities. • Mapping of open data activities in developing countries, either with outside support or independently. 1. Training a. Develop and deploy two training programmes for public sector servants, one for political leaders/decision makers on the benefits of open government data for economic and social development, and another for open government data project managers and participating public agencies. b. Develop and deploy training programme for civil society organizations, researchers, and others on the use of open data. 2. Research a. Develop and obtain consensus on a set of metrics for open data and apply them to 50 developing countries b. Collate/summarize existing research on the economic and social value of open data and create a virtual library c. Apps re-use: Identify common development problems solved creatively by open data, and the data sets and applications used in these solutions 3. Technical Assistance a. Commission Open Data Readiness Assessments (ODRAs) in 4 developing countries b. ODI/OKF participation in ODRAs b. Provide technical assistance for the implementation of ODRAs or other technical assistance to developing countries 4. Guidelines a. Develop guidelines (including technical) for government departments and functions to release data in the open format rapidly and for demand-side interventions c. Develop proposal and obtain consensus among leading agencies for standards for the release of open data in 2-3 sectors

5. Networking a. Organize workshops/conferences/seminars to develop open data networks for developing countries and connecting developing countries to best global practice b. Finance participation of developing country officials in open data events c. Catalytic support for ODI nodes, OKF chapters or similar convening/networking groups in developing countries around open data. 6. Communications and marketing Publish stories and case studies on impact of open data on developing world, for broad syndication and republication. 7. Partnership administration - Hiring and management of external vendors, reporting and monitoring and evaluation of the POD program (financed through 10% administrative cost of all previous activities). - Advisory committee, technical committee, working groups, etc. Ancillary expenses, no fees. - Development of Partnership structure and documentation (charter, bylaws or similar) aimed at self-sustainability after year 3, liaison with US based organizations and organizations in other countries.

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