Collaborated ‘Open Data’ and research uptake

(This is a cross post base on a blog post I wrote published at the erf blog , during ERF’s 19th annual conference)

Huge progress has been achieved to make data available and accessible to the public. This is considered a huge opportunity for researchers to make use of this data to analyze questions, provide evidence and come up with solutions to current issues of our time; argues Nemat Shafik, International Monetary Fund (IMF). ERF took the opportunity to launch one of its most important projects at the Annual Conference: its Open Access Micro Data project. This is an interesting segment to GDNet- GDN Knowledge service– since GDNet is planning to launch a beta version of its dataset as Linked Open Data (LOD) later this year.

In my previous post I noted the importance of partnership, collaboration and a joint multiple effort between big international, regional and local catalysts for development. With WBI pioneered the open data initiative, ERF about to launch their dataset, and IFPRI’s recently launched ArabSpatial initiative the question of cooperation cannot be more important. Individual efforts are all very well but the results would be multiplied through cooperation. Various institutions need to syndicate datasets and enhance good relationships with country statistic bureaus to make sure that the data is properly maintained, updated, reliable and robust.

It is indeed impossible to do state of the art research without access to data. However, the more open the datasets are the less information about research uptake there is to monitor. This is a balance worth thinking about and a challenge to knowledge intermediaries to think about new innovative ways to measure research impact and uptake.

2 Responses to Collaborated ‘Open Data’ and research uptake

  1. Skye Withnell says:

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  2. Thanks for your comment… Technicalities have been always a challenge to us to comprehend and deal with; you are not alone in this….My post above was about the value of accessibility and use of data once it is made publicly open to use and reuse in research. I also tried to highlight the challenges to uptake measures, since there is so little to monitor once this data is analyzed, synthesized and hence utilized differently.

    I am afraid I cannot give you advise on technically who to proceed, this is not my area of expertise

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