Openness I – Open Data, is the first in a series that looks at the role of openness in global development. In this Issue, we focus on the efforts being made by open data groups around the world and what truly meaningful data should look like. We look at how data on air pollution is being released through open portals to urge accountability for this major environmental justice issue. We consider how meaningful the data collected and opened up is to the cities, communities and programs it’s meant to aid in the UK, a country held as an example for openness, and for participants in social programs in India who are often asked for personal information without being given ownership of their own data. We hear how civic tech groups in Latin America work to empower their governments through collaboration, and we get a look at what we lose without data systems that are interoperable.
Cover Image: The Helen Hamlyn Centre for DesignMay 2016