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The Web Foundation believes that Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives in low and middle-income countries can have a positive impact on their future socio-economic and political development. For that, these initiatives should focus on releasing information that matters to improve people’s lives and the society at large, and ideally leading to achieve the Open Government paradigm shift where citizens are better informed and more directly involved in political decision-making.
Some time ago the World Wide Web Foundation took the first steps in this direction by conducting an OGD readiness assessment in two countries – Chile and Ghana, as well as a subsequent implementation of the Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI).
Now, and as part of our focus on OGD initiatives, the Web Foundation continues contributing to global awareness raising about the benefits of Open Data in developing countries conducting a new Open Data readiness assessment in Indonesia in coordination with the Ford Foundation regional office.