Too often in international development, scarce, public resources are spent investing in code, tools, and innovations that are either locked away behind proprietary, fee-based firewalls, or created in a bespoke way for use in sector-specific silos. Principle #6: Use Open Data, Open Standards, Open Source, and Open Innovation provides a framework to consider an “open” approach to technology-enabled international development.
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- Adopt and expand existing open standards.
- Open data and functionalities and expose them in documented APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) where use by a larger community is possible.
- Invest in software as a public good.
- Develop software to be open source by default with the code made available in public repositories and supported through developer communities.