The Web Foundation

The Established by web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Web Foundation fights for digital equality — a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online. Using world-class research, policy advocacy and practical innovation, we’re working around the world to ensure that everyone can access the web, and use it to improve their lives.

We seek to harness the potential of open data as a tool for tackling society’s most pressing challenges, ensuring people are able to access, understand, and engage with the data directly affecting them. Our work on open data connects across these themes, working to support inclusive approaches to open data impact across the globe.

  • We are promoting open data as a vital tool to tackle practical problems in emerging economies through our Open Data Labs, using a combination of research, incubation and training.
  • We are co-leading the development of OpenOwnership – the world’s first register of beneficial company ownership data.
  • Building the Open Contracting Data Standard to make contracting information more useful and accessible, enhancing and promoting disclosure and participation in public contracting.
  • We co-lead the Open Data Charter to promote global principles for the release of data.
  • We are a member of the Open Data for Development (OD4D), a network to scale effective open data solutions for economic and social development.
  • We formed the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data together with more than 100 other organisations.