Open Data Sectors and Communities: Education

Atenas, Javiera and Havemann, Leo (2019). Open Data Sectors and Communities: Education. In: Davies, Tim; Rubinstein, Mor; Walker, Stephen B. and Perini, Fernando eds. The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons. Cape Town and Ottawa: African Minds and International Development Research Centre, pp. 91–102.




Open data can help researchers and policy-makers understand the education landscape, provide information for parents and children about education facilities and their performance, and serve as a key element in the creation of open educational resources (OER).

Attention must move beyond the simple availability of data on education to also question how the data is contextualised, presented, and used to ensure it does not result in the reinforcement of pre-existing biases and social divides.

There has been relatively limited intersection to date between the open education and open data communities. There are opportunities for future strengthening of these links, increasing the use of open data as a key educational resource, and supporting more applied civic education.

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