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Catalpa joins the Joined-Up Data Alliance.

Catalpa is excited to announce that it has become a member of the Joined-Up Data Alliance (JDA).

The JDA aims to bring together open data standards setters, users, and advocates in fields such as development cooperation, humanitarian relief, public contracting and natural resource governance to collaborate on the exchange and interoperability of open data.

Catalpa has benefited from the community of organisations which have embraced openness and data sharing. We have been able to use this openness to provide better data to decision makers at the country level to try and strengthen and inform local decision making.

Since 2013 we’ve been working closely with colleagues at the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to build an Open Data Information Management Platform we call Openly.

In Myanmar and in Timor-Leste, it is one of the first examples of the IATI data standard being used to manage aid reporting and monitor results in an open, transparent and accessible way at the country level.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with the JDA and help bring open data together to make it more accessible at the country level. At Catalpa we want to simplify the demands of being open and focus on using data to help our partners make informed decisions, using open data is a big part of this.

The JDA aims to bring together open data standards setters, users, and advocates in fields such as development cooperation, humanitarian relief, public contracting and natural resource governance to collaborate on the exchange and interoperability of open data.

If you would like to know more about joined up data? Check out this study produced by the Open Knowledge Foundation which identifies opportunities for collaboration between five open data initiatives across in aid, construction, contracting, extractives and fiscal transparency spaces.

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By Anders Hofstee

Anders has been working for nearly twenty years in the field of database-driven web application development and information science. Among other projects, Anders is the technical lead for the Timor-Leste's Maternal and Child mHealth project - Liga Inan, as well as, the Technical Lead for Myanmar's Mohinga Platform, the world’s first IATI-compliant and mobile responsive aid information management system. here