Global Open Data Index 2016/2017: tracking the state of open government data

The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is the annual global benchmark for publication of open government data, run by the Open Knowledge Network. The crowdsourced survey measures the openness of government data according to the Open Definition. It includes national maps, national statistics, administrative boundaries, and legislation.


By having a tool that is run by civil society, GODI creates valuable insights for government’s data publishers to understand where they have data gaps. It also shows how to make data more useable and eventually more impactful. GODI therefore provides important feedback that governments are usually lacking.

For the last 5 years, the GODI methodology has been revised to fit the changing needs of the open data movement. This year, the entire survey design has been changed by adding experimental questions to assess data findability and usability. The datasets definitions also have been improved by looking at essential data points that can solve real world problems. Using more precise data definitions also increased the reliability of the cross-country comparison.