A methodology to assess the private sector’s current and potential use of government data in various cities, countries, and regions.
Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World.
Although we live in a data age, much information has until recently been privately held and access to it has been restricted. This is starting to change, however, with the rise of the open and shared data movement. Increasingly, it is clear that we are entering a new era of access, innovation, and transparency. Today, it is widely held that open and shared data has the power to fuel economic growth, job creation, and new business opportunities. The consulting firm McKinsey predicted the possible global value of open data to be over $3 trillion annually.
Recent years have witnessed considerable enthusiasm over open data. Several studies have documented its potential to spur economic innovation and social transformation, and to usher in fresh forms of political and government accountability. Yet for all the enthusiasm, we know little about how open data actually works, and what forms of impact it is really having. This report seeks to remedy that informational shortcoming. Supported by Omidyar Network, the GovLab has conducted 19 detailed case studies of open data projects around the world.