ODMM Results follow up
- Many requests for data literacy trainings and technical assistance were received.
- One effective way of driving open data traffic was through social media.
- Data cleaning was one of the identified biggest challenges.
- Whereas activities of several organisations activities are data driven, organisations whose activities are not data driven still need to be part of the open data initiatives.
- Cleaning and handling of data consumes a lot of time and requires training.
- Map explorer is one of the most attractive features because it allows users to upload their own geodata files on the open data website.
- It is more sustainable to build on already existing tech platforms and standards.
- Social media drives traffic and makes it easy to share information.
- Engaging stakeholders is a complex task.
- Open data guidelines are helpful to those who want to be part of the open data community or even to development projects implementers who wish to publish the data they want to make public in open data formats.
The research findings also show that the sustainability of open data initiatives relies on open source solutions. The platforms used by ODMM for example, have been used elsewhere such as in Cambodia. There is a shared log of experiences and also a community of practice where support and benchmarks can be borrowed.