GFDRR supports data for resilience at Open Data Day 2021

Every year, the global open data community gathers for hundreds of local events for the annual Open Data Day, organized by Open Knowledge Foundation. Groups host hackathons, workshops, webinars and more to show the benefits of open data in their local community, and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. The next Open Data Day is Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

GFDRR is pleased to announce its support for Open Data Day mini-grants to provide funding for local events—online or in-person—showcasing open data in their communities. The deadline to submit your mini-grant application is midday GMT on Friday, February 5th, 2021. Apply today!

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource students look at a map of the location of dumpsites around their campus at Open Data Day 2020. Image from the Open Data Day 2020 Report.

The GFDRR Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) will be supporting the Environmental Data track of mini-grants focused on data for resilience. Environmental Data events use open data to illustrate the urgency of the climate emergency and spur people into action to take a stand or make changes in their lives to help the world become more environmentally sustainable. Last year’s events were impressive; highlights include a youth-led effort to map waste dumping sites in Malawi and an interactive exploration of climate change public data platforms in Costa Rica, among many more.

If you need inspiration for your event using data for resilience, useful resources from the GFDRR Labs include: OpenDRIOpen Cities ProjectThinkHazardOpen Data for Resilience Index and the Risk Data Library.  If you have started planning your Open Data Day event already, please add it to the global map on the Open Data Day website using this form.

Need more information?

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing or on Twitter via @OKFN. There’s also the Open Data Day Google Group where you can connect with others interested in taking part, share ideas for your event or ask for help.