Webinar: The State of Support for Open Data in Land Governance


"Where are the opportunities to take forward an ambitious transparency, anti-corruption and open data agenda in the land sector?"

This webinar, co-hosted by GIZ, the Land Portal Foundation, Omidyar Network, Open Data Charter and Open Data for Development (OD4D) network, will explore routes to realize the potential of open data as a tool for anti-corruption in the land sector. 

Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM ET / 4:00PM - 5:30PM CET

This September, Land Portal hosted an online dialogue on ‘Open Land Data in the Fight Against Corruption’. This responded to a dual recognition that corruption remains a major issue in land governance, and that open data has been identified as a powerful tool in the fight against corruption. At the same time, gaps remain between the promise and the reality of open data in the land sector. Poor data availability, underdeveloped theories of change, and a lack of implementation support have all contributed to slower-than-desired progress in data publication and use over the last decade. Whereas some sectors, such as agriculture, aid and procurement, have seen substantial transparency initiatives, land registers and data on land-deals remain opaque in many places around the world, and there has been comparatively little attention given to improving open data availability and use around land and anti-corruption. This is in spite of substantial donor support for the creation of digital systems in the land sector. 

This webinar will bring together donors and intermediary organisations to explore questions including: 

  • Are new initiatives needed to secure a step change in how open data is used for land governance?
  • How can open data principles be embedded within wider land sector programs and anti-corruption efforts?
  • Where are the priority areas for open data investment in the land sector?
  • What can we learn from how other sectors have embedded open data approaches? 

Webinar participants also reflect on the conclusions from the recent State of Open Data book(link is external) which include calls for practitioners, policy makers and funders to:

  • Provide renewed leadership for openness;
  • Embed open data approaches within problem solving, and within the wider sustainable development data agenda;
  • Integrate open data approaches within sectoral funding programs;
  • Focus on (open) data literacy.

These recommendations reflect the changing landscape of open data a decade after it first gained global policy attention, and respond to the growing maturity of the open data debate, where issues of privacy, gender equity and indigenous data sovereignty have been subject of considerable focus.

The panel brings together funders, policy-makers, anti-corruption and open data experts. 

Tim Davies (Chair)
Tim Davies was co-editor of ‘The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons’, and co-author of the chapter on Land Ownership. He is a member of the Land Portal Technical Advisory Committee, and has worked on a range of sectoral open data initiatives. 

Katie Clancy, IDRC / Open Data for Development Network
Katie is a program officer working on technology and innovation at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and leads work of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network. 

Peter Rabley, Omidyar Network 
Peter is a Venture Partner with Omidyar Network, focusing on land and property rights. Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the international property rights space as an entrepreneur, business leader, and technologist.

Nati Carfi, Open Data Charter
Nati is Deputy Director of the Open Data Charter. The Open Data Charter has a network of over 90 governments and organisations committed to opening up data in ways that deliver tangible benefits to citizens. Nati was previously Open Government Director at Argentina’s Modernisation Ministry.

Register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4386363502888968461

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