Principles for Digital Development: Open Data

This resource details how organizations can implement open standards and leverage open data over the course of the project lifecycle.


Too often, scarce public and international development resources are spent investing in new software code, tools, data collection, content, and innovations for sector-specific solutions that are locked away behind licensing fees, with data only used by and available to specific initiatives. An open approach to digital development can help to increase collaboration in the digital development community and avoid duplicating work that has already been done. Programs can maximize their resources — and ultimately their impact — through open standards, open data, open-source technologies, and open innovation. By taking advantage of existing investments when you are able, you can apply finite digital development resources toward creating global goods. What being “open” means for an organization’s initiative depends on practical and technical constraints, security and privacy concerns, and the dynamics of the people and networks in your space. 

This resource how open standards and leverage open data over the course of the project lifecycle can benefit an organization’s program or initiative.

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