Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit

IDS is a digital innovator. In breaking down technological barriers we aim to increase the availability of research evidence and present diverse perspectives on development issues.

The Open Knowledge and Digital Services unit is a multi-disciplinary team who work across the Institute to shape and deliver web services, tools and related multimedia content. We also support other intermediaries to increase the accessibility of research evidence by repackaging it into content appropriate for the particular context and target audience where it will be used.

Our work is underpinned by our global partnerships and commitment to build our collective capacity to embrace new technological approaches, innovate and adopt open approaches to knowledge sharing.

Key contact

Photo of Kelly Shephard, IDS Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit

T: +44 (0)1273 915795


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Team Members

Photo of Anna Raw (nee Bainbridge) from IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915727


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Photo of Deborah Shenton, Team Administrative Coordinator, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

T: +44 (0)1273 915760


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Leah Murphy is the Health and Education Convenor with the Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915775


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Human Development Innovation Fund

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African Universities’ Research Approaches (AURA) Capacity Development Programme

The African Universities’ Research Approaches programme (AURA) seeks to strengthen research and teaching practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. More details

Open Application Programming Interface (API)

The IDS Knowledge Services Open API (Application Programming Interface) makes the datasets held across our Knowledge Services accessible programmatically to other organisations and individuals to enable others to repurpose and contextualise this knowledge. More details

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