Large scale open data, in the sense typically discussed in Washington, DC, has a very important role to play in the future of international development cooperation. Open data means different things to different people. While in the West we tend to think of open data as big data - comprehensive information published in a standard formats and accessible via APIs - ultimately, creating meaningful open data means finding ways to make important information accessible to the people who can best use it, in formats that are easy to engage with.
The world needs a diverse ecosystem of open data and open government solutions to meet the needs of international development's many stakeholders. This is a very exciting time to be working at the intersection of open data and international development.