Starting Conversations between Citizens and the State with Open Data: Insights from the Education Sector in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

This paper summarises how the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta teamed up with local CSO GeRAK Aceh and USAID’s Kinerja program to stimulate greater demand for information in the education sector using open data – the proactive release of government data sets in freely reusable, machine-readable formats.

The keys to success were a participatory, bottom-up process in which interested groups (including the media, researchers, and civil society organisations) identified which data sets would be most valuable to them, coupled with close collaboration with the government to build the trust needed to release that data—an approach we refer to as ‘responsive open data model’.