How to promote open data in government through peer learning

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Forging culture change can be lonely work. Working alone, or in a small team, your task is to encourage your boss, your colleagues or your community to invest in something new. Something they might not understand. Something that might be very different from what they’re used to.

This is especially true for those in governments around the world tasked with promoting open data, data that anyone can access, use and share. “Open data leaders often need to address very real fears from their colleagues and bosses,” said Emma Truswell, services business manager at the Open Data Institute. “These include national security, privacy concerns, the risk of embarrassment to the administration, and concerns about the quality of data.”

But they take these risks for good reason. Open data’s potential for improved policymaking, and social, economic and environmental benefits are becoming clearer to businesses, civil society and governments around the world.

To realize these benefits, open data leaders must convince their peers that embracing open data and becoming open by default is a good idea. Not only that, but they need to build the skills and resources to make it happen. Not an easy task, especially where there are limited resources and institutional resistance to the idea of publishing data openly that used to be closed.

In the face of these challenges, where can these change-makers look to for the best guidance and support? Each other, it turns out. Open data leaders from around the world have been meeting to share their experiences, give each other advice and reflect on how to bring about change at an Open Data Leaders Network, held by the ODI.


The complete article can be read at

It is partly republished here with the kind permission of Anna Scott, Editor at the Open Data Institute.

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