Web Foundation Receives $2 Million From Omidyar Network

The World Wide Web Foundation has announced a three-year, $2 million investment from the Omidyar Network to expand the ambition and scale of its Open Data program.

The investment will enable the foundation to advance its international Open Data Charter initiative, which aims to unite national, regional, and local governments around a core set of open data principles and deliver implementation advice and tools alongside a robust monitoring program. The foundation will also use the funding to broaden the scope of its Open Data Barometer, an annual country-level study of the readiness, use, and impact of open data, to a hundred and twenty jurisdictions, and support its own work to mainstream the open data movement by bridging the efforts of the digital rights and open data communities.

"The message is simple: open data in combination with an open Web can have a catalytic impact — for democracy, for business, for society," said Web Foundation CEO Anne Jellema. "But to unlock these benefits, we need common principles to start from, evidence and tools to deliver and measure progress, and ways of holding governments to their promises. We're already tackling all of these areas, and this grant from Omidyar will help us level up and increase our impact."

"Omidyar Network Invests $2M in Web Foundation Open Data Programme." World Wide Web Foundation Press Release 12/16/2015.