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Research interests

I'm currently exploring the impacts of open data on democratic and civic participation, including looking comparatively at open data in different countries and contexts.

I also look at e-participation, and issues surrounding technology policy relating to children and young people. 



MSc Social Science of the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2010)

BA, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Oxon (2006)


Selected consultancy work.


Development of the 360 Giving Philanthropy Data Standard for Indigo Trust.

Development of the Open Contracting Data Standard with the World Wide Web Foundation, for the Open Contracting Partnership

Research Co-ordination of Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries for the World Wide Web Foundation (2011-2014). 

Working with AidInfo to support the development of an infomediary ecosystem around International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data, and on tracking the impacts of open information in aid and development.

Working with Nominet Trust on the development of a series of Open Data Days to explore the use of open data in the charity sector. 

Working with Nominet Trust on a 'social reporting review' of insights into the use of technology to support youth engagement in employment, enterprise and community action

Working with the DFID-CSO Youth Working Group to map the impact of the Youth Participation in Development Guide and to identify future opportunities to promote youthled development. 

Working with CABI/Research for Development on the development a linked data prototype connecting research publications and aid projects.

Working with IKM Emergent/Young Lives on a linked data pilot looking at the use of linked open data in research communication.

Professional activities


Co-Editor, Open Data and Community Informatics, special issue of the Journal of Community Informatics - 2012

Executive and advisory

Founder and co-director, Practical Participation Ltd

Advisory Council Member, Open Rights Group

Conferences attended

Academic conferences

18th November 2011 - Digital Literacy and Self-Regulation Online: Insights for Policy - University of Leicester, UK
Presenting on 'Rethinking Responses to Young People's Online Lives'. 

Practitioner/Policy Conferences

25th Mary 2015: MySociety TicTec - The Impacts of Civic Technology, London, UK
Presentation on: 'Open Data - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - What does success look like?'

7th February 2015: We’re not in Westminster any more - Local Democracy Conference, Huddersfield, UK
Workshop on 20 Ways to Connect Open Data and Local Democracy

10th - 12th July 2012: World Bank / International Open Government Data Conference, Washington DC, USA
Presenting on 'Open data in developing countries' and moderating a panel on Open Data Engagement. 

19th - 20th June 2012: W3C Using Open Data: Policy Modelling, Citizen Empowerment, Data Journalism - European Commission Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Brussels
Presenting position paper on 'Supporting open data use through active engagement (PDF)' [Slides]

26th March 2012 - ORGCon - Open Rights Group Conference - London
Chairing panel on 'Raw, big, linked, open: is all this data doing us, our economy and our democracy any good?' and panelist on 'Communications Bill: Child Protection vs Censorship'

22nd - 23rd March 2012 - E-Campaigners Forum Knowledge Exchange Track
Co-chair of knowledge exchance academic-practitioner track.  

October 2011 - Open Government Data Camp - Warsaw
Presenting on 'Open data is not enough', and co-organising open development and Organisational Identifiers satelite events.  

20th October 2011 - EU Safer Internet Forum - Luxembourg
Opening keynote on 'Rethinking Responses to Children and Young People's Online Lives

September 2011 - Internet Governance Forum 2011 - Nairobi, Kenya
Organiser and chair of Workshop on 'Challenging Myths about Young People and Internet Governance' and panelist for 'Privacy and Security in an Open/Realtime/Linked Data World'. Co-ordinator of social media aggregator


Kuk, George and Davies, Tim (2011) The Roles of Agency and Artifacts in Assembling Open Data Complementarities. In, ICIS 2011, Shanghai, 04 - 07 Dec 2011.

Davies, Timothy G, Bhullar, Sangeet and Dowty, Terri (2011) Rethinking responses to children and young people’s online lives. In, EU Kids Online 2 - Final Conference, LSE, London, 23 - 22 Sep 2011.

Davies, Tim G and Bawa, Zainab Ashraf (2012) The promises and perils of open government data. [in special issue: Community Informatics and Open Government Data] Journal of Community Informatics, 8, (2)

Hall, Wendy, Shadbolt, Nigel, Tiropanis, Thanassis, O'Hara, Kieron and Davies, Tim . (2012) Open data and charities. Oxford, GB, Nominet Trust, 87pp. (Nominet Trust State of the Art Reviews).

Davies, Timothy G. and Edwards, Duncan (2012) Emerging implications of open and linked data for knowledge sharing in development. [in special issue: New Roles for Communication in Development] The IDS Bulletin, 43, (5), 117-127. (doi:10.1111/j.1759-5436.2012.00372.x).

Davies, Tim, Commonwealth Secretariat (2012) How might open data contribute to good governance? In, Commonwealth Governance Handbook 2012/13: Democracy, Development and Public Administration. , Nexus Strategic Partnerships for the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Meggiolaro, Laura, Pallas, Sabine, Davies, Timothy G. and Treakle, Jordan (2013) Connecting people, sharing knowledge, increasing transparency: using the Land Portal to increase access to open data, share best practices and monitor women’s land rights. In, Annual World Bank Conferance on Land and Poverty, 08 Apr 2013. Washington, US,

Davies, Timothy G. (2012) Who is doing what when it comes to technology for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption. In, Finlay, Alan (eds.) Global Information Society Watch 2012: The Internet and Corruption - Transparency and Accountability Online. Melville, ZA, Association for Progressive Communications, 43-48.

Davies, Timothy G. and Frank, Mark (2013) ‘There’s no such thing as raw data’. Exploring the sociotechnical life of a government dataset. In, Web Science 2013, Paris, FR, 02 - 04 May 2013.

Davies, Timothy G. (2013) Transparency and open data. In, Burall, Simon and Hughes, Tim (eds.) Mapping the new terrain: public dialogue on science and technology. , ScienceWise, 19-23.


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