Scoping Studies

One of the early findings to emerge from discussions with partners at the inception of the Open Knowledge Hub project was that there was wide variation in the extent to which the concepts of Open Knowledge were being understood, advocated for and adopted across different global development sectors, geographic regions and languages.

We needed to understand this variation better in order to identify and address the specific barriers and opportunities that these differences presented and to explore the potential models for wider participation in the Open Knowledge Hub project.

To help us achieve this a number of partners undertook scoping studies which explored the Open Knowledge landscape within their own sectors and regions. Each study used a slightly different approach, tailored to the particular needs and interests of the partner, but included some common elements to allow comparison between them.


SoulBeat scoping studyScoping Study: Overview of open knowledge in Francophone Africa

By Genre en Action (Lorie Decung & Françoise Mukuku)

This study proposes an overview of the challenges and methods of creating open knowledge systems in Francophone Africa, by exploring the available literature on the subject and by a survey among the affected stakeholders. Francophone Africa demonstrates an interest in and commitment to open access, North Africa being more advanced than sub-Saharan Africa, which is still in its “infancy”, and Senegal as a leader

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SoulBeat scoping studyOnline Knowledge Portals for Development in Africa Scoping Study

By Soul Beat Africa (Anja Venth)

The main objective of the scoping study was to explore the availability of development knowledge portals hosted in Africa and about Africa, with the aim to identify suitable content contributors for participation in the Open Knowledge Hub project. The study used a broad definition of knowledge portals, which are defined as: hubs, repositories, or one-stop-shops of knowledge around a given topic and intended for a particular community of practice or target audience. They contain a structured set of materials open to interrogation through a search function. The final stage of this research confirmed that all four portals surveyed are good candidates for the Open Knowledge Hub. They are all interested in finding out more about partnering with the Open Knowledge Hub project and two showed a very keen interest in exploring a partnership.

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Link in to Latin America (LiLA): Mapping Latin American Portals

By Practical Action Latin America (Rebecca Clements)

The main objective of this study was to explore the availability of development knowledge portals hosted in Latin America with good quality material that might be suitable for linkage to the Global Open Knowledge Hub. A second objective was to undertake some limited, structured research into the state of Open Knowledge in America and appetite for open knowledge sharing among the Latin American portals.

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