Global Open Data Index now open for submissions

After months of work and great feedback from all of you, the Global Open Data Index is now open for submissions.

Each year, governments make more data available in an open format. The Global Open Data Index tracks whether this data is actually released in a way that is accessible to
citizens, media and civil society and is unique in crowdsourcing its survey of open data releases around the world. Each year the open data community and the Open Know-
ledge Network produces an annual ranking of countries, peer reviewed by local open data experts.

Crowd-sourcing this data provides a tool for communities around the world to learn more about the open data available locally and by country, and ensures that the results reflect the experience of civil society in finding open information, rather than government claims of openness. It also ensures that those who actually collect the information that builds the Index are the very people who use the data and are in a strong position to advocate for more and higher quality open data.

The Global Open Data Index measures and benchmarks the openness of data around the world, and then presents this information in a way that is easy to understand and use. This increases its usefulness as an advocacy tool and broadens its impact. In 2015, the hope is to include 100+ countries (up from 90 in 2014 and 70 in 2103) with an emphasis on countries of the Global South.

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