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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

African Technology Data Pioneers Gather to Spark Open Data Revolution

Led by the World Wide Web Foundation, fifty African civil society organisations, open data advocates and technology pioneers will come together to take the first steps towards establishing a groundbreaking new policy and investment framework to open up government data in Africa. Following the UN's call for a Data Revolution, this coalition of organisations will agree concrete next steps to unlock the potential of open data across the continent, which experts agree could help beat corruption, spark innovation and improve government services.

Ethiopia launches open data on agriculture, socioeconomic wellbeing

Ethiopia, with the support from the World Bank (WB) Group has launched open data on agriculture and socioeconomic wellbeing. In a continuing effort to improve data quality and accessibility, the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) on Wednesday publicly released data from the Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey (ESS).

Local authorities hailed as ‘open data champions’

Representatives from the Open Data Champions attended a roundtable event to discuss the role of open data in creating ‘local authorities of the future’. The UK government has been named the best at embracing transparency and utilising digital technology by the World Wide Web Foundation for Open Data.

Open Data Spotlight for researchers

Digital Science recently hosted the first in a series of Open Data Spotlight events. The aim of Digital Science is to help researchers work in the most effective way possible, overcome the myriad challenges they face, and maximise the value of their efforts. As part of the outreach efforts Digital Science recently announced the new Spotlight series of community-based events, themed around some of the pain-points researchers experience and the ways they can be addressed. On 26 February the series was launched with the first event, ‘Open Data For Researchers: the obstacles and the opportunities’, exploring the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of open data.

2015 GO Open Data Conference

An event tip of interest about the 2015 GO Open Data conference being held Friday/Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2015 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

New surveys reveal dynamism, challenges of open data-driven businesses in developing countries

Open data for economic growth continues to create buzz in all circles. The Economist gave the subject credibility with its talk about a 'new goldmine. The Shakespeare report was among the first to bring attention to open data's many possibilities. Furthermore, governments worldwide now routinely seem to insert economic growth in their policy recommendations about open data – and the list is long and growing.

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