EITI Case Study: Data in the Delta
Open data has received a lot of attention in the international arena during the last decade. In parallel to this, the EITI has expanded its work in this area, with a newly-approved open data policy and requirements for EITI implementing countries on open data policies and disclosures. This paper identifies and discusses some key opportunities and challenges of open data in the Nigerian context. It provides recommendations for both EITI and NEITI in their transition toward open data.
NEITI has the mandate and political will to promote open data, and opportunities to encourage other government agencies to follow suit. NEITI has already implemented open data formats can help them better respond to external requests for information. Through participation in various recurrent meetings NEITI can shed light on important quality assurance mechanisms.
There are several long and short term benefits, efficiency gains and financial advantages of transitioning to more open data disclosures. The challenges identified seem to range across three main dimensions: the perception that open data can lead to increased misrepresentation and altering of source-data; accessibility of source-data (creating a question of accountability / data quality) and capacity. The paper presents options to mitigate these challenges.