[Okfn-francophone] Fwd: [open-government] Common Framework for Assessing Open Data Impacts - Draft Released - Comments by July, 8th

Pierre Chrzanowski pierre.chrzanowski at gmail.com
Mon Jun 16 09:58:31 UTC 2014

Bonjour a tous, un workshop de haut niveau sur évaluation impact open data
s'est tenu au moi de Mai.

Résultats de ce travail sont ouverts aux commentaires jusque 8 juillet.

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De : "Jose M. Alonso" <josema at webfoundation.org>
Date : 16 juin 2014 10:43
Objet : [open-government] Common Framework for Assessing Open Data Impacts
- Draft Released - Comments by July, 8th
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Hi all,
I’m forwarding information about the subject we have just released.
I want to thank again all the people (most/all subscribed to this list) who
participated in the workshop in New York, making it a truly collaborative
effort from start.
We’re now opening the draft framework for further comments. Please, comment
directly on the doc (URL below) by July, 8th.



At the Web Foundation, we’re convinced that open data, accessed via a free
and open Web, holds the potential to tackle some of the toughest challenges
facing humanity. By empowering activists, businesses, governments, civil
society groups and others to analyse and link data in new ways, open data
often makes it possible to find new, cost-effective solutions to complex
and opaque problems, or to spot hidden patterns of waste and corruption.

However, as the old adage goes: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”,
and so as open data initiatives have grown in scope and popularity, a range
of different efforts have emerged to measure various aspects of open data
readiness, implementation, outcomes and impacts. In order to explore the
state of the art in measurement of open data activities, and to explore
opportunities for future collaboration in their development, The World Wide
Web Foundation <http://www.webfoundation.org/> and The Governance Lab at NYU
<http://www.thegovlab.org/> convened a two-day workshop on May 8-9, 2014 in
New York, bringing together open data assessment experts to explore the
development of common methods and frameworks for the study of open data.

This two day workshop started by reviewing existing research and projects
on open data measurement and looking at use cases assessment, before
identifying key questions concerning open data and looking at conceptual
frameworks that could connect questions to use cases. Building on this
foundation, the second part of the workshop focussed on identifying common
categories and indicators within an overarching framework. Meeting
participants split into sub-groups to consider specific questions, and to
build out the larger framework with which we can study open data.

We’ve published both the full workshop report
(PDF), as well as the draft framework
(Google doc), which is open to comments and feedback until July 8, 2014.

*The framework at a glance*

In assessing open data activities, a project may look at:

   - *Context/Environment* – The context within which open data is being
   provided. This might be the national context, as in the case of central
   Open Government Data, or might be the context in a particular sector.
   Important aspects of the environment to assess include the legal and
   regulatory environment; organisational context; political will and
   leadership; technical capacity; the wider social environment, in terms of
   civil society and political freedoms; and the commercial environment and
   capacity of firms to engage with open data.
   - *Data* – The nature and qualities of open datasets. This includes the
   legal, technical, practical and social openness of data, as well as issues
   of data relevance and quality. The framework also looks to identify core
   categories of data which might be evaluated in assessments.
   - *Use* – The context of use of the open dataset. This includes the
   category of users accessing (or providing) the dataset, the purposes for
   which the data will be used, and the activities being undertaken. This part
   of the framework addresses the who, what and why of open data programmes.
   - *Impact* – The benefits to be gained from using the open dataset.
   Potential benefits can be studied according to social, environmental,
   political/governance, and economic/commercial dimensions.

In the draft framework we provide suggested questions and indicators for
each of these components, and look at the existing projects that have
piloted relevant methods. You can add your comments to the online version
of the framework on Google Docs
We’ll be looking to turn these discussions into early action by
implementing these framework elements into our 2014 Open Data Barometer,
due out in late 2014.

*Building on a common framework*

As we explored in our workshop in New York, there are many diverse reasons
to assess open data activities—from checking implementation of a plan,
through to critically researching what kinds of approaches to open data
yield the most equitable social outcomes—and open data activities are
operating at many different levels—from national open data policies, to
sectoral programmes in health or education, to individual small NGOs
adopting open data practices. Different assessment projects will need to
pick-and-mix from the overall framework to select the kinds of questions
and indicators that will be most relevant in any particular instance.

However, having a common framework to draw on allows researchers, policy
makers and practitioners to share definitions, create comparable data,
collaborate on the design of measurement instruments and training, and
ultimately join efforts in building up a rich picture of the evolving open
data landscape across the world.

In the report you will find details of the next steps we have planned for
this work, including creating space for ongoing sharing and discussion
amongst those working on open data measurement.

*Related documents*

   - Towards common methods for assessing open data: workshop report &
   draft framework  (PDF)
   - Draft framework table (Google Docs)

Jose M. Alonso
Open Data Program Manager
Asturias, Spain
skype: josema.alonso
twitter: @josemalonso
gplus: gplus.to/josemalonso

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