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Tools for improving data
publication and use
Fiona Smith (International Development Research)
fiona_ph_smith #ODIHQ
What does an
open data-driven
organisation
look like?
understand that the value isn’t in the
data itself but in what you do with it
make data part of their core strategy
or a c...
Minimal awareness of open data and no
recognition of its potential value to the
organisation
Ad hoc / tactical / inconsist...
Challenges
Data publisher Data user Policy maker
Challenges
● How to publish
open data?
● How to get more
people to use th...
What makes data useable?
Legal
Openly licensed & legally reusable (= ‘open’)
Clear rights statement, detailing any copyrig...
What are Open Data
Certificates?
Tool to make open data transparent and accessible,
connecting publisher and users. Allows...
1. publish data (or thinking about it)
Some rights reserved: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinou/171803338/sizes/z/in/photo...
2. earn your certificate
expert
standard
pilot
a great start at the basics of publishing open
data
an exceptional example ...
3. embed your badge
Good practice example: data.police.uk
We’re publishing open
data, so now what?
Open data pathway
● http://pathway.theodi.org
● self-service assessment tool
o answer questions & document evidence to sco...
http://pathway.theodi.org/statistics
Open data maturity model
● http://theodi.org/guides/maturity-model
● the theory behind the tool
o identifies 15 areas of a...
Maturity Levels
Initial – Inconsistent and ad hoc
Repeatable – Refined processes but isolated within teams
Defined – Stand...
Dimension: Data Management Processes
Activity: Data Release Process
Aim: Deliver data more efficiently to customers
1 2 3 ...
More resources..http://bit.ly/ODIGODAN
● Free online resources
○ Case studies of change management and Startups; written
g...
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Fiona Smith (Open Data Institute) presented at the 2nd International Workshop: Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition in The Hague, 11 September 2015.

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Tools for improving data publication and use

  1. 1. Tools for improving data publication and use Fiona Smith (International Development Research) fiona_ph_smith #ODIHQ
  2. 2. What does an open data-driven organisation look like?
  3. 3. understand that the value isn’t in the data itself but in what you do with it make data part of their core strategy or a critical part of their strategy use data to inform what they do and the decisions they make invest in training their domain specialists to understand and use data to enable specific outcomes Integrated use of data and publication of open data driving decisions and new business models Adapted from a slide by Georgia Phillips Open data has potential if organisations…
  4. 4. Minimal awareness of open data and no recognition of its potential value to the organisation Ad hoc / tactical / inconsistent use of open data Targeted use of open data amongst specialist teams Integrated use of data and publication of open data driving decisions and new business models ● Senior management championing open data and sharing stories exemplifying the benefits and value it can bring ● Teams across the organisation consistently using open data to generate answers to problems, innovate and operate more effectively ● Training, engagement and events promoting the value of open data being shared internally and externally so employees and clients feel encouraged and empowered to use and publish data Managed and supported use of open data across the organisation.
  5. 5. Challenges Data publisher Data user Policy maker Challenges ● How to publish open data? ● How to get more people to use the data once released? Challenges ● Is this data really ‘open’? ● Is the data accurate and trustworthy? ● Is this data suitable for my use? Challenges ● How to track progress of open data policy? ● How to encourage more high-value data release? ● How to improve quality?
  6. 6. What makes data useable? Legal Openly licensed & legally reusable (= ‘open’) Clear rights statement, detailing any copyrights Privacy issues addressed Machine readable rights statement Practical Accessible on the web Discoverable (linked to from other web pages) Data is timestamped or up to date Guaranteed timeliness (data always up to date) Regular backups of data Quality issues documented Technical Single consistent URL for downloading data Data uses a machine readable format Data uses open standard machine readable formats Data published in content appropriate formats Machine readable provenance documentation Social Machine readable metadata (documentation) Contact details for people to provide feedback and ask questions Social media accounts used to promote data Forum or mailing list for users Dedicated comms team building user community
  7. 7. What are Open Data Certificates? Tool to make open data transparent and accessible, connecting publisher and users. Allows you to: ● test against best practice ● earn badges ● search certificates ● access data about data
  8. 8. 1. publish data (or thinking about it) Some rights reserved: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinou/171803338/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  9. 9. 2. earn your certificate expert standard pilot a great start at the basics of publishing open data an exceptional example of information infrastructure regularly published open data with robust support that people can rely on data users receive extra support from, and can provide feedback to, the publisher raw
  10. 10. 3. embed your badge
  11. 11. Good practice example: data.police.uk
  12. 12. We’re publishing open data, so now what?
  13. 13. Open data pathway ● http://pathway.theodi.org ● self-service assessment tool o answer questions & document evidence to score progress o set goals for improvement o get suggested improvements ● suitable for any organisation
  14. 14. http://pathway.theodi.org/statistics
  15. 15. Open data maturity model ● http://theodi.org/guides/maturity-model ● the theory behind the tool o identifies 15 areas of activity o grouped into 5 themes: process, oversight, finance, knowledge & community ● two parts: o the grid is the actual model o the guide is background documentation and help
  16. 16. Maturity Levels Initial – Inconsistent and ad hoc Repeatable – Refined processes but isolated within teams Defined – Standardised cross organisational practices Managed – Effectiveness of internal process and activities measured Optimised – Fully integrated and refined process, maximal efficiency
  17. 17. Dimension: Data Management Processes Activity: Data Release Process Aim: Deliver data more efficiently to customers 1 2 3 4 5 Initial Repeatable Defined Managed Integrated / Optimised Little or no published open data. Those datasets that are published are done so using ad hoc, possibly manual processes A repeatable process for releasing open data has been defined for specific projects or products, but there are no common standards There is an organisation wider standard release process for publishing datasets. This may be tailored for individual projects. This has been adopted for some published datasets All datasets are released according to the standard organisational process The organisation collects and monitors metrics on, e.g. time taken to release and refresh datasets, and acts to optimise the release process
  18. 18. More resources..http://bit.ly/ODIGODAN ● Free online resources ○ Case studies of change management and Startups; written guides ○ E-learning (forthcoming) ● Networks ○ Open Data Leaders Network ○ Membership network (inc. corporate membership) ○ Node network (city and regional orgs working on open data) ○ Start-up programme ● Support services

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