We’ve just launched a discussion paper on “Democratising the Data Revolution”, which is intended to advance thinking and action around civil society engagement with the data revolution.
- The blog post is here: http://blog.okfn.org/2015/07/09/democratising-the-data-revolution/
- The PDF version is here: https://assets.okfn.org/files/reports/DemocratisingDataRevolution.pdf
We’d love to hear any thoughts on the paper, in particular on the discussion questions at the end, which I’m copying below for reference.
Questions for Discussion
We would like to catalyse discussion and gather input about how to increase civil society engagement around the data revolution and questions about what should be measured and how. To this end, we invite advocacy groups, journalists, public institutions, data users, researchers and others to respond to the following questions.
What Can Civil Society Groups Do?
- What can civil society organisations do to engage with the data revolution?
- What role might the nascent open data movement play in mediating between civil society organisations and public institutions around what should be measured?
- What opportunities does the data revolution present for civil society organisations?
- What are the best examples of democratic interventions to change, advocate or create new forms of measurement (both present and past)?
- What are the biggest obstacles to greater civil society engagement with the data revolution? How might these be addressed?
- Which kinds of transnational challenges and issues (e.g. climate change, tax base erosion) are currently inadequately dealt with by national data infrastructures?
- What areas might new kinds of measurement make the biggest difference, and how?
- What factors are most important in ensuring that data leads to action?
- What might civil society groups do to flag potential risks and unwanted consequences of data infrastructures as well as their benefits?
What Can Public Institutions Do?
- What can public institutions do to better understand the interests and priorities of civil society organisations around what should be measured?
- Are there examples of where open data initiatives have facilitated significant changes to existing datasets, or the creation of new kinds of datasets?
- Which kinds of mechanisms might be most effective in understanding and responding to the interests of civil society organisations around what is measured and how?
- What are the biggest obstacles to public institutions responding more effectively to the data needs and interests of civil society groups? How might these be addressed?