Open Data Barometer. Global Report. Fourth Edition.
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The findings from the fourth edition of the Open Data Barometer show that while some governments are advancing towards these aims, open data remains the exception, not the rule. Why does this matter? Everyone should be able to access and use open data on an open web to allow them to participate fully in civic life. Without good data, it is impossible to hold governments to account for the decisions that they make, the policies they pass, and the money they budget and spend. In its fourth edition, the Open Data Barometer covers 115 countries and jurisdictions, a 25 percent increase on coverage from the last edition. To deliver real change, open data must meet the principles set out in the Open Data Charter — adopted by more than 15 national and 25 local governments to date.