IG Data for Development - RDA 10th Plenary meeting

Meeting title:

Data sharing needs, requirements, and projects in developing countries

A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group:

This interest group focuses on the access to and usage of data from a variety of sources of relevance to development studies, human rights, conflict research and vulnerable and hidden populations. Whereas many intergovernmental organizations have a tradition of open data access routines and policies to data they have collected, data collected by non-governmental organizations are often not available for further usage. Also relevant data collected by university institutes and research organizations are often not shared with the community and increasingly also the question is raised which contribution big data may have in this area and how to collect, use, share and analyze these data.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:


Meeting objectives:

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/). Data accessibility and data sharing play a significant role in reaching many of the SDGs. In particular in many developing countries the data basis for making evidence based policy implementations is missing and/or not made available for further usage by governments, researchers and civil society. 
At this meeting some of the activities that have been carried out in the past years by members of the IG Data for Development will be presented and discussed. These projects reach from planning a research data center in Uganda, to involvements in community based research to the question on how to compile, store and share sensitive human rights data. The aim is 1. to identify and address needs and requirements in the developing world to promote data access and data sharing and to 2. explore how other RDA groups can contribute with their respective competences and experiences.

Meeting agenda:

1. Projects and actvities of the IG Data for Development
2. Exploration of possible use cases
3. Structure and plan for future meetings and working groups, webinars etc.
4. Collaboration with other RDA groups 

A Detailed agenda will be uploaded before the meeting

Target audience:

Target audience are members of the IG Data for Development, but also participants working with data and/or insitutions of relvance to developing countries. Furthermore, participants from other working groups working on similar topics are invited to participate. Individulas who want to present their cases are asked to please contact the group chair.

Group chair serving as contact person: Ingvill Constanze Mochmann

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months