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New book examines the state of open data around the world

May 23, 2019
The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons brings together more than 60 authors from around the world to take stock of the real progress that has been made since open data first broke onto the global stage 10 years ago, as well as the issues that will shape its future.   

The State of Open Data presents 37 short chapters on the current state of open data from far-ranging perspectives that consider open data as a global movement, drawing on the resources of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network and its initiatives in the Global South.

Edited by Tim Davies, Stephen B. Walker, Mor Rubinstein, and IDRC’s Fernando Perini, the book is a collective effort to increase our understanding of how open data policy and practice address social and economic challenges. This is accomplished by tracing the evolution of the open data movement to reflect on what it has achieved over the last decade.

The book also probes how today’s open data initiatives will respond to new issues around privacy, inclusion, and artificial intelligence, and it proposes a course of action to strengthen democracies through more open, collaborative, innovative, and participatory governance.

The State of Open Data is co-published with African Minds (Cape Town, South Africa).

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