This week, the Web Foundation, founded by Network member and inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, released the results of the 3rd Open Data Barometer. The Open Data Barometer provides a “global snapshot of the state of open government data in 92 countries.” The findings were released as an extended report and made available in a custom data visualization tool.
In response to the findings, Sir Tim commented:
“Inequality and poverty are about more than income – they are also about information. Seven years after I first demanded that governments open up their data to all, open data initiatives are now in place in more than half of countries we track. Yet their quality is variable, and benefits are concentrated in rich countries. Now is the time to resource and implement open data throughout the world, through projects such as the international Open Data Charter.”