JUDS

What are the principles of joined-up data?

Data use

At the Friday Seminar that preceded this year’s UN Statistical Commission, Open Data Watch’s Eric Swanson asked me a challenging yet pertinent question following my presentation to the plenary. He asked: “The definition and principles of ‘open data’ are quite clear and simple but the principles of joined-up data are less clear. Can you enunciate […]


We live in a world full of data. But what’s the point if none of it joins up?

Data use

If we continue to work in silos, we will never unlock the potential of data to drive real change I was recently sitting in a room with over 100 other people who passionately believe in the importance of data and ­– more specifically – the importance of the open data movement. We were contemplating the […]


New joint initiative launched to build the next key piece of open data infrastructure

Data use

The identify-org initiative was launched on Friday 7 October at the International Open Data Conference in Madrid. It brings together key organisations driving standards for open data across a range of sectors, including contracting, extractives, international aid, agriculture and philanthropy. A challenge shared by all these initiatives is how to accurately and consistently identify an organisation. Whether […]


From principles to practice: Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund launch consultation on joining up data standards.

Data use

The JUDS project is about unlocking the potential of data to help drive poverty eradication and sustainable development. This is important because, although more and more data is becoming available, the full potential of the information it holds often remains inaccessible due to its publication in different formats or standards. The problem stems from the […]