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Eldis Open Content

Over the years Eldis has collected, summarised and categorised tens of thousands of research documents on a broad range of development themes. All of this content produced by Eldis is a global public good and is available to be re-used, by anyone, for free under a creative commons license (CC BY 3.0). 

We make Eldis content available through the IDS Knowledge Services Open API which provides tools and applications to help you to use Eldis content in your websites or applications.

In opening up access to Eldis content and embracing these new "Open Data" approaches we came to realise that there was some interest among our partners and colleagues in other organisations, particularly those in developing countries, in adopting a similar approach. This has led us to become lead partners in developing a new collaborative open data platform called the Open Knowledge Hub.

The Open Knowledge Hub

OKhub full widthThe Open Knowledge Hub is a collaborative Open Data platform for sharing digital content about development. Its aim is to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence-informed policy making and practice by development actors.A key aspect of the hub’s design is to raise the profile of diverse perspectives on development, paying particular attention to research content from developing countries.

Here at Eldis we contribute our open content to the hub so that it can be easily repackaged, linked to other data sets, and re-used by others to present credible and relevant content on their own websites and tailor it to their own audiences and contexts.

We also use the Hub ourselves as a way to source new, relevant, high quality research content for our own Resource Guides and other services.

These two data visualisations give a real-time view of Eldis content being made available via the Hub and Hub content being used on Eldis. Click on the image to open the full visualisation. content used by Eldis Eldis content available in
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For more information on the Open Knowledge Hub project and to access the Hub data go to the website.

Newsfeeds for website managers

If you manage a website you can also make use of our tailored RSS/XML newsfeeds on key development themes and regions. Items in the feeds contain a title, summary, and a link to the full text document (usually a PDF).

A list of the currently maintained newsfeeds is available on the Subscribe page. Other feeds are available but may not be actively maintained. Please contact us if you have any questions about using Eldis newsfeeds.