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Open Data Barometer – Third Edition

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- Solutions or Strategies
- Trends

- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): World Wide Web Foundation

The results of the 2015 ODB show that Africa is lagging behind other regions in the use and impact of open data. No Sub-Saharan African country ranks in the top 40, while there are six counties in the bottom ten. Globally, there is still much work to be done: only 10% of the 1,380 datasets analysed were open. Alarmingly, only two of these datasets were in Africa. For countries with more limited resources and arguably more pressing demands on those resources, outranking high-income countries in an open data grading may seem a remote possibility. And this may, in turn, bring into question the value of the Barometer ranking to developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. Africa is the only region without a clear open data champion. The recommendations are: Get behind the International Open Data Charter; Expand and deepen open data practice; Finish the job - make sure the government data published is truly open; Harmonise open data, privacy and freedom of information efforts.


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