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1. Why should I become a Data Contributor?

The data you contribute from your area of interest and expertise to this one-of-a-kind expanding information ecosystem within the Mekong region will literally help to shape the ongoing discussions around these important issues.

2. How does ODL use the data that I contribute?

All datasets contributed to the platform will be reviewed by our data editors across the region for appropriateness and compliance with open data standards. Those that comply will be published openly on the platform and accessible to anyone searching for the information. If there are opportunities to create mashups or extended storyboards of the data and information you have contributed, we will only do so within the licensing parameters set by the dataset and consult with you should there be any issues with copyright.

3. Are all datasets uploaded on the platform open and public?

The intent is to ensure that all available information uploaded onto the datahub is open and public. However we do adhere to strict open data standards and enforce a responsible data policy which will be monitored by our data editors. Should any dataset not meet this criteria it will not be openly published and we will notify you to determine if corrections can be made.

4. How do I make a suggestion to the metadata fields?

ODM is consistently trying to improve its standards for metadata to increase discoverability and interoperability. Any suggestions or comments you can provide to help us improve these standards are welcome. Please contact us through our feedback form or directly at

5. How does ODL use my personal information?

All personal information will be kept private and only released with your consent. As part of our open data policy we require that attribution and ownership of data is clear and transparent. Therefore, a source for each of the datasets you contribute will need to be provided but does not necessarily have to identify you specifically so that you can retain anonymity. Unfortunately if you do wish to remain completely anonymous and cannot provide an open source for the dataset then it would not adhere to our open data standards and we would not be able to publish the data.

6. What kind of data should be uploaded onto the platform?

Our database currently hosts 4 different kinds of resources; datasets, laws, agreements and library resources. Each of these record types are distinct and have separate metadata fields that are customised to adequately describe the resource using existing data standards. During the on boarding sessions you will be provided with a brief outline of these data types and what can and cannot be uploaded. We also have a wiki that provides guidelines for evaluating the appropriateness of adding any given dataset.

Why become a data contributor to Open Development Laos?


  • Join our information ecosystem by contributing important and relevant data on pressing topics related to the Lower Mekong and its people.
  • The data you provide will contribute to our expanding datahub repository of various sources and information types from across the Lower Mekong.
  • As a data contributor you are contributing to an overview of development trends from both a national and regional view.
  • Help to shape the dialogue around the most pressing current issues affecting the region and its people in order to move towards a sustainable Mekong.

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