Open Data Maturity in Europe 2017
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This report is the third in a series of annual studies and explores the level of Open Data Maturity in the EU28. The report reveals that governments across Europe have not only prioritised Open Data more strongly in 2017, but are actually engaging in a race to the top. The majority of the countries demonstrate a solid understanding of the impact of Open Data in paving the way for the data economy. The overall Open Data Maturity groups countries into different clusters: Beginners, Followers, Fasttrackers and Trendsetters. The report shows that in 2017, the number of trendsetters in the EU28 has nearly doubled to 14 countries in comparison to only 8 EU countries in 2016. European countries have been assessed both in terms of Open Data Readiness, assessing the span of their Open Data policies, and in terms of Open Data portal maturity. Where in 2015 EU countries had only competed 44.2% of their Open Data journey in reaching full Open Data maturity, this number had increased to 58.7% in 2016 and again increased to 72.5% in 2017. The report concludes on a series of seven recommendations to guide decision makers and Open Data portal owners towards developing a sustainable vision for their Open Data transformation. A vision is needed to embed Open Data in a broader agenda for the digital transformation of the public sector as well as a solid strategy underpinning the development of the national data portal, as one of the components of the national data infrastructure. Separate dedicated sections are devoted to the EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as well as to the EU accession candidate countries: Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey; as well as potential candidates Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and Kosovo.