Open News, Events, Blogs


The COIWeb aggregates news, opinions and developments from various research sources around the world, including:    
  • The Open Data Research Network  hosted by the Web Foundation, 
  • World Bank Open Data & ICT4D Blogs
  • Open Knowledge Foundation
  • GovLabs @ NYU


Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

[contact-form] [contact-form] How Fogos.pt is providing an accessible fire map   This blog has been reposted from the Mapbox blog. In Portugal, a free, open source project is making official fire data more accessible to firefighters, emergency workers, journalists, and the public. Fogos.pt has gained significant traction, receiving as...

Here’s an open data story that might sound a bit counterintuitive. Last month a multinational company was negotiating with an African government to buy an asset. The company, which already owned some of the asset but wanted to increase its stake, said the extra part was worth $6 million. The government’s advisers said it was worth at least three...

At the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and Open Knowledge International (OKI) we believe that governments’ budget and spending data should be made available to all, so that anyone can see how their tax money is spent,what priorities their governments make, and governments can be held accountable. Increasingly governments make...

Great news! The International Open Data Conference (IODC) accepted my proposal about Open Washing. The moment I heard this I wanted to write something to invite everyone to our session. It will be a follow-up to the exchange we had during IODC in 2015. First a couple disclaimers: This text is not exactly about data. Open Washing is not an easy...

In August 2018, Serah Rono will be running a Frictionless Data workshop in CopenHagen, congregated by the Danish National Research Data Management Forum as part of the FAIR Across project. In October 2018, she will also run a Frictionless Data workshop at FORCE11 in Montreal, Canada. Ahead of the two workshops, and other events before the close of...

The Governance Lab @ NYU

Data Stewards: a new Role and Responsibility for an AI and Data Age This article by Stefaan Verhulst originally appeared in Medium on September 19, 2018. As data grows increasingly prevalent in our economy and society, it is increasingly clear, too, that tremendous value can be derived from reusing and combining previously separate data sets. Of...

(Image: Fiona M. McLeod via https://twitter.com/FiMcLeodSC/status/1026739915755642881) As CrowdLaw–the use of participatory technology to engage the public in law and policymaking processes–gains traction, so too does the complementary concept of Open Justice, namely, emerging innovations in courts to open up and inform how they work...

ICT-Pulse

Telecoms provider, Digicel, will be awarded a 15-year contract to provide ICT managed services to the Government of Dominica, to help rebuild the infrastructure and services lost due to the 2017 hurricane season. But could such a wide-ranging deal cripple the country’s telecoms and ICT industry in the long run?   In our news roundup […]

In this our latest Community Chat, and with members of the Caribbean tech community, Carolyn Ferguson and Kevon Swift, the panel discusses:  the plans for the switchover from analogue (free-to-air) broadcasting to digital broadcasting in Jamaica, and the state of Internet Governance initiatives across Latin America and the Caribbean.   \ This...

World Bank Open Data

Headquarters of the United Nations Photo: Yutaka Nagata (CC BY 2.0) A snow storm was barreling toward New York City and the roster of attendees at the UN Statistical Committee meeting—myself included—fully expected that all flights would be canceled. Fifty statisticians made the same calculation—to find the closest bar. I headed to the...