A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
The printing press, like the internet, has been revolutionary. But technology alone is not enough – access to to it must be open to ensure its benefits are felt.
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
Can open data change the world? We looked beyond the hype to find out.
A team of archaeologists strived to improve the reproducibility of their results, influencing their choices in the field, in the lab and during data analysis.
Timing your call can be crucial to fend off frustration.
Australia could follow the UK's lead in fostering progress in the financial technology sector.
Keeping public information about companies locked up behind paywalls and maintained by private interests is not in the public interest.
This method of crowdsourcing science legwork is ready to expand into other disciplines – and maybe the amateurs themselves can start calling some of the shots.
On Twitter's 10th birthday, we look at how researchers have used the platform for a range of studies, from predicting the next flu outbreak to identifying the happiest city in America.
Governments too often hinder change, when instead they should aim to foster an organic innovation ecosystem. This is more about bottom-up innovation than top-down schemas.
Australia's Smart Cities Plan largely conveys a limited role for people: they live, work and consume. This neglects the rich body of work calling for better human engagement in smart cities.
Open government and public data could contribute up to A$16 billion per annum to the Australian economy.
Student funding processes must be opened up to public scrutiny and participation if they're to succeed.
Internet providers increasingly allow services to subsidize the cost of delivering their content to users. That may seem like a win for consumers, but game theory suggests otherwise.
Hackathons are all the rage, but if the participants follow through on the results, they can be a powerful instrument for generating innovation.
We need the skills to put big data to use before others leave us behind.
In areas as diverse as transport, health or commerce, the answer to many problems starts with open data.
Could the key to countering a culture of bribery and greed be in the hands of the people?
The open data movement is gaining momentum but we need to reflect on our priorities and values in order to make further progress.