Open Data for Policymakers (Self-Paced)

Open Data for Policymakers (Self-Paced)

The “Open Data for Policymakers” e-learning course is designed to provide a general overview of Open Data principles and best practices for public policymakers, with focus on the development and implementation of an Open Data program. Open Data is a growing movement that attempts to remove most of the technical and legal barriers to use of public data, and realize much greater social and economic benefits of data use. Open Data initiatives have been gaining ground for many years, and over 500 Open Data catalogs are now in operation around the globe. However, many organizations, particularly in government, may be unfamiliar with or even skeptical of Open Data and its impacts, or lack the knowledge to design and implement Open Data programs effectively. This is often especially true in developing countries, where capacity can be low and access to the latest learning resources is often limited.

This course is primarily intended for public policymakers in governments that are considering the establishment or expansion of an Open Data program. It assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills.

This course provides users with the knowledge and background they need to lead or coordinate a multi-agency Open Data program, and to engage the Open Data community. Individuals that complete this course will have acquired the following:

  • A thorough understanding of the definition, significance, benefits, and issues relating to Open Data, in the context of public institutions and government.
  • A basic knowledge of Open Data standards and best practices.
  • A general understanding of the legal and policy issues relating to Open Data, including licensing.
  • A framework for completing an Open Data assessment and developing a strategic plan.
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    Daniel lishanew

    Submitted 3:50 am, July 24, 2018

    Thanks world bank for creating us such opportunity. The issue of data is more related to my job I want to attend this course.

    Israel Simon

    Submitted 6:30 am, July 20, 2018

    Open data for open government is the effective tool for efficiency and effective governance, transparency, and most importantly participatory, where citizens can have access to government and their agencies website to access government spending of public funds / tax payers money, contribute, comment, and also feed-backs to the government. It is an indispensable tool for assessing government performances, and helps to curb corruptions especially in Africa. This course is must for a every public policy analyst and policy makers.


    Submitted 11:17 pm, July 15, 2018

    Very Interseting..


    Submitted 1:07 pm, July 15, 2018

    very Good for policy makers

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    Dr. Illakkuvan

    Submitted 6:16 am, June 1, 2018

    This course provides users with the knowledge and background they need to lead or coordinate a multi-agency Open Data program, and to engage the Open Data community=Excellent

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