Join the Open Knowledge Team and Open Data Index Mentors to create the Global Open Data Index. It is our goal to show the state of open data around the world. We need your help to add data from your region and reach new people to add details about their country
Global Open Data Index
Survey + Index
The Global Open Data Index is a project that measures and benchmarks the
openness of data around the world, and then presents this information in a way
that is easy to understand and use.
● It is detailed country by country data peer-reviewed by experts.
● The results are an easy engagement tool for policy-makers, researchers,
activists and data users.
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Why the Global Open Data Index?
The primary goal is to monitor the current status of open data across the
The focus of the Index is data. Focussing on data keeps the census very
concrete. Whether a dataset is ‘open’ or not is usually a clear yes or no
We are interested in the current status of data: is it open, is it accessible, can I
use it now?
● Real Open Data (See OpenDefinition.org)
● Quality datasets rather than quantity
● Comparability (across countries)
● (Ease of) Assessibility
○ - Datasets over policies (in general)
Does your country measure up?
Every year Open Data Index contributors add 10 types of datasets:
● Transport timetables
● Government budget
● Government spending
● Election results
● Company register
● National map
● National statistics
● Emissions of pollutants
How to add to the Open Data Index in 5 steps:
1. Contribute to the Index.
1. Discover Datasets.
1. Add datasets.
1. Edit/Review the content.
1. Celebrate global sharing.
Step 1: Contribute to the Index
• Join the Open Data Census Community Mailing List:
• Join a Community Session (online video hangout)
• Pick a role:
Contributor - add datasets to the Index
Mentor - help new folks learn how to use the Index
Reviewer - validate details
Supporter -share details with your network
Translate - Help spread the word
• Review the Tutorial
• Ask us questions/Share: Index@okfn.org , @okfn, Twitter feed:
Step 2: Discover Datasets
Congratulations! You are going on your very own country-wide data expedition to hold your
1. Review at the Global Open Data Index for your country. Are there any datasets missing? If
there are existing datasets, skip to Step 4.
2. Search your country specific open data tool.
3. Search your country specific government websites.
4. Search the UN and World Bank websites as well (just to double-check.)
5. Email doesn’t work? Call the relevant department. Sometime they answer faster on the
phone than on email.
6. Still can’t find the data or you didn’t get any answer from the government? Try one last
time by using your favourite search engine.
Tip: Be sure to read the Tutorial for more detailed instructions
Step 3: Add Datasets
If you've got information about a dataset which isn't in the Index yet you can add it!
Anyone can submit new information to the Index by following these steps:
1. Select your country in the list and click on it.
2. You are now on the Country overview page for that country
3. Click the blue “Submit Information" button on the right next to the
4. Fill the form based on the dataset you have found (there are detailed
instructions on the page).
5. Click Submit. Your submission is now waiting for review, and will be visible
in the table as 'awaiting review' after a few minutes.
Step 4: Edit and Review
1. Has a Dataset for your country already been added to the Open Data Index? Is
it correct? If your country already has a data entry for a given category, there
is no need to add a new dataset unless you notice an error or have more
updated information. All you need to do then is to revise the submission by
using the “Propose revision” function.
2. Choose the country you want to work on in the main Index page.
3. Choose the dataset you want to revise and click on the blue button on the right hand
side “Propose revision” .
4. Has a Dataset for your country already been added to the Open Data Index? Is it
correct? If your country already has a data entry for a given category, there is no
need to add a new dataset unless you notice an error or have more updated
information. All you need to do then is to revise the
5. Be sure to add some comments to explain your suggested changes.
Note: We are also recruiting expert reviewer who will also double-check
and validate the dataset information.
Step 5: Celebrate
Celebrating and Share details about the state of Open Data in your Country is
● Share your observations about the state of open data in your country on the
Open Data Index mailing list. https://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-data-
● Blog about the results and your observations. Encourage accountability and
change. Send posts to firstname.lastname@example.org / #openindex2014
● Be sure to tweet the status of your country’s datasets with the Twitter feed:
● Or just make fun visualizations. Examples welcome!