Change and development lie at the core of Open Data. In promoting transparency, Open Data pushes not just for a shift in government processes but also in public attitudes and expectations.

The Open Data Task Force held a meeting last Monday, September 8, 2014, with Dr. Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Knowledge, and Learning at the World Bank.

Institutionalization through legislation has always been one of the key goals of Open Data Philippines. From the beginning, the Open Data Task Force has worked toward making openness and transparency the norm for government processes. 

Held at Malacañang Palace on July 15, 2014, Daylight Dialogue sought to promote trust between public and government, to pursue transparency as a cornerstone of progress—and thus help usher in a Philippines marked not by the darkness of secrecy, but by the light of good governance.

Arranged by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), these meetings with the Open Data Task Force—occurring over two days, from June 26-27, 2014—formed part of the delegates’ schedule of consultations with other departments and organizations.

As part of our outreach program, two members of the Open Data Task Force recently participated in a workshop held from June 12-13, 2014, in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

Following the success of the #KabantayngBayan hackathon last year, the Open Data Task Force organized a second hackathon called Readysaster: Hack for Resilience. 

“More eyes, better data.” This was how Anders Pedersen of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF)sold the concept of Open Data to the seminar attendees, mostly representatives from government agencies keen on partnering with Open Data Philippines (ODP).