Open Data Watch is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works at the junction of open data and official statistics, monitoring open data policies, measuring their success and impact, sharing knowledge, building partnerships, and offering strategic advice and practical assistance to national governments, international organizations, and other NGOs.

We use innovative methods to measure the openness of statistical data and monitor data and capacity gaps. One example is the Open Data Inventory (ODIN) which assesses coverage and openness of official statistics to identify gaps, promote open data policies, improve access, and encourage dialogue between national statistical offices and data users. To achieve open data and data quality improvements in low capacity countries, ODW builds partnerships among national and international statistical offices, donors, and expert groups. By sharing knowledge, creating incentives, and helping remove barriers to open and more effective statistical systems, the work of ODW and its partners contribute to the social, economic, and the overall development progress of societies.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

To maintain and refine the Open Data Inventory (ODIN), which will assess the openness and coverage of data on national statistical websites for 120 countries. This resource will highlight gaps in country-level data production and provide a valuable resource for locating official statistics on development indicators. The Open Data Inventory will lead to a higher level of engagement with producers and users of official statistics within the open data movement. It will clearly identify where gaps lie in measuring key development indicators and will provide simple guidelines for making official statistics more useful.