Greater access to data and information will not only empower citizens to hold their government to account, but it will enable their engagement in public issues, and help them make better informed decisions to improve their lives. Country-level efforts to improve access to information are being driven by two separate measures – firstly by “Right to Information” (also known as “Freedom of Information”) and more recently via the emergence of “Open Data”.

Open data provides huge potential to improve our understanding of the world and ultimately to bring about change to improve the lives of people. Increased access to data from government, donors, the private sector, civil society and citizens provides a great opportunity for journalists to use this data to help shape and inform their work and to provide greater insights into what is happening in the world.

Sarah Henon, author of the material delivered it on Open Nepal training to journalists in December 2013. 

Open Nepal intro presentation - Victoia Room, Policy Advisor, Development Initiatives

Open Data for Open Development - Simon Parrish, Programme Leader, aidinfo, Development Initiatives

The Sunlight Foundation has created this set of guidelines to help shape how governments release data on their procurement process. More transparency in procurement can reduce corruption, make procurement more efficient and effective, and allow for more accountability. For more details visit

This handbook introduces you to the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially useful for those working with government data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to do open.