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OpenData Week in Madrid - OD4D Summit, Open Data Charter Meetings, and IODC16

Participants at IODC 16

Sumandro Chattopadhyay took part in three open data events in Madrid in the first week of October 2016.

OpenData Week in Madrid - OD4D Summit, Open Data Charter Meetings, and IODC16

Participants at IODC 16

OD4D Summit

Sumandro Chattopadhyay has been a member of the Open Data Research Network (funded by IDRC), which is now part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Network. The Network completed 2 years and held its first summit on October 3, 2016. The event was organized by IDRC. Participants discussed the way forward for the Network. Among other things the need for regional cooperation in open data policies and practices in the South, South East, and East Asia was noted.

Open Data Charter Meeting

Sumandro represented CIS in the Open Data Charter Lead Stewards' meeting held on October 5, 2016. The meeting was focused on finalising the business plan of the Charter for 2017-2020, including setting up a secretariat for coordinating and leading the work. The document was thoroughly discussed and will be revised further by the Lead Stewards during the next month, before sharing the draft version with the General Stewards in mid-November.

A meeting was held with the General Stewards and other participants on the evening of the same day. For more info, click here.


The 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC 16) organized by red.es, IDRC, the World Bank and Open Data in Madrid on October 6 and 7, 2016 brought out a lot of real concerns, sometimes even slightly bitter and worried, about the actual state of open data across the world and the relevance/implications of open data for various stakeholders. More info on IODC here.

Sumandro spoke at the Regional Talk session focusing on Asia. He spoke on Opening Data for innovation: from supply-driven to demand-driven Open Data strategies and moderated the session on demand-driven open data strategies.

Collected tweets from IODC can be accessed here.

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