Open Data in Europe and Central Asia (ODECA) is a platform to support government representatives, civil society activists, tech activists and citizens that care about and work with open data.

The network covers 18 countries in the region and aims to stimulate innovation, knowledge sharing and learning among practitioners and aficionados of open data regionally and globally.

Our goal is to use the potential of open data to transform societies by empowering citizens and supporting governments to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While we are still exploring all the ways that data will contribute to the SDGs, it is undeniable that it will play an important role in reaching and measuring them.

The network brings in the knowledge and experience of global and regional leaders in open data.

Open Data Champions

People and organizations that are pushing the open data agenda forward in the region.

The Open Data in Europe and Central Asia network is a part of the Open Data for Development program and cooperates closely with a variety of initiatives, as well as regional and global organizations:

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP’s offices and staff are on the ground in 177 countries, working with governments and local communities to help them find solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP links and coordinates global and national efforts to achieve the goals and national development priorities laid out by host countries.

International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development.

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

Open Data Institute

Catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge’s mission is to support a worldwide network of people who are passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge and drive positive change.

Our regional partners include:

Albanian Institute of Science, Albania

Development Solutions Institute Foundation, Armenia

Kosht Urada (Cost of State), Belarus

Foundation Media Center, Bosnia and Herzegovina

INFOHOUSE, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Georgia

Association of Legal Entities “Association of Youth and children’s organizations of the East Kazakhstan region”, Kazakhstan

Open Data Kosovo, Kosovo

GAP Institute, Kosovo

Kosh Araket, Kyrgyzstan

Non-commercial partnership Informational agency “Social aspect”, Moldova 

Pilgrim Demo, Moldova

Institut Alternativa, Montenegro

NGO MANS, Montenegro

Beta Press News Agency, Serbia

Fidokor, Tajikistan

NGO “Ynanch-Vepa”, Turkmenistan

L’viv Oblast Civic Organization “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”, Ukraine

Anhor, Uzbekistan


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Socrata. Socrata specializes in US and UK government, but has many knowledge materials to make your open data initiatives stronger.

GovLab . GovLab is set at New York University and is a platform for practitioners and researchers on open data.

Open Data 500. A study of GovLab on how institutions can publish the data they collect as open data so that businesses, organizations, and citizens can analyze and use this information.

Open Government Data Toolkit. The OGD Toolkit is designed to help governments and ordinary users understand the basic precepts of Open Data, then get “up to speed” in planning and implementing an open government data program. The Toolkit is updated frequently with links to new research, examples, case studies and other kinds of information.

School of Data. The School of Data works to empower civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively.

Open Data Research Network. The Open Data Research network connects researchers from across the world working to explore the implementation and impact of open data initiatives.

Open Data in Developing Countries. Building a research network and conducting in-depth research to understand the supply and use of open data worldwide. Active in 14 developing countries, 17 teams are building common methods for open data assessment. It also coordinates the Open Data Barometer.