[open-development] Open Data in Developing Countries

Claudia Schwegmann cl.schwegmann at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 07:41:06 UTC 2013


Dear Tim, Gerry and Sano

Thanks a lot for your comments and @Tim for the links.
As you rightly point out, Gerry, some countries are so corrupt, they need a
radical reform of government. In some cases fighting corruption may be one
important driver. So, it would be very good to hear from people about the
discussions at national level: Who is pushing for open data and/or OGP and
for what reasons.

Sano, Cambodia is not part of OGP, but are there any discussions going on
about joining OGP? Are there initiatives on open data? Who is driving such
discussions and initiatives if they exist?

Best wishes
Claudia


2013/2/22 innovation consortium <innovation-navigator at chello.at>

> Dear Tim and Claudia,****
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> my humble assumptions:****
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> 1 – ad developing countries joining open Government.****
>
> The countries are either so corrupt that you require a radical and
> disruptive reform.****
>
> And full transparency is quite if deployed  well.****
>
> Or they require a further reason to expand their travel budget (sorry,
> that happens so within public admininstraiton in Europe, my friends there
> told me so).****
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> 2 ad EU: open data generating economic growth****
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> That job-creating assumption was deployed only in few markets and few
> countries.****
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> And even if you would open all public sources for free, GDP will not even
> rise by 1 percent.****
>
> Our EU-studies from 2004 did not reveale any effect. And even the bast two
> years did not provide a major impact.****
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> I came across more and more private companies dedicated for re-use and
> refraining from doing so.****
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> The EU tried first to create jobs by liberalising the telecom-market. That
> worked well for 13 years and now turned into the oppositive.****
>
> Their second approach was to generate jobs in the content-industries. Also
> that failed. ****
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> All these PUBLIC initiatives to generate jobs on a long-term, sustainable
> basis fail.****
>
> As policy designer and innovation researcher this costs me only a smile.**
> **
>
> Public sector still does not grasp how markets work and how you might
> improve them over decades,****
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> best,****
>
> ** **
>
> Gerry****
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>
> *Von:* open-development-bounces at lists.okfn.org [mailto:
> open-development-bounces at lists.okfn.org] *Im Auftrag von *Tim Davies
> *Gesendet:* Freitag, 22. Februar 2013 12:20
> *An:* Claudia Schwegmann
> *Cc:* open-development at lists.okfn.org
> *Betreff:* Re: [open-development] Open Data in Developing Countries****
>
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> Hello Claudia,****
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> Some quick thoughts:****
>
> I am preparing a report on open data in developing countries and I would
> be happy to hear you comments on two questions:
>
> 1) Why so many developing countries are joining the Open Government
> Partnership - What are the drivers and expected outcomes in your views?***
> *
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> I wrote a brief piece trying to explore the motivations for transparency
> in developing countries here:
> http://www.opendataimpacts.net/2013/01/what-are-the-incentives-for-transparency-in-developing-countries/ - I'm not sure how much reads across to OGP membership, but there might be
> some elements in it that are useful. The storify FreeBalance have put
> together at http://www.freebalance.com/blog/?p=3522 may also be useful.***
> *
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> 2) In Europe both governments and the European Union are often promoting
> Open Data as a means to generate economic growth - what are the arguments
> for open data that governments or civil society organisations are putting
> forth in developing countries? ****
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> It would be worth looking at the arguments being put forward by Open
> Development Uganda if you've not already seen these:
> http://www.opendev.ug/****
>
>  ****
>
> Thanks a lot for your help! I will share the report with this list once it
> is finalised!****
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> Great :)****
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> All the best****
>
> ** **
>
> Tim****
>



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