Open Data’s Impact

Open Data is Changing the World in Four Ways


Improving Government

9 case studies


Open data is improving government, primarily by tackling corruption and increasing transparency, and enhancing public services and resource allocation.

Empowering Citizens

4 case studies


Open data is empowering citizens to take control of their lives and demand change by enabling more informed decision making and new forms of social mobilization, both in turn facilitated by new ways of communicating and accessing information.

Creating Opportunity

6 case studies


Open data is creating new opportunities for citizens and organizations, by fostering innovation and promoting economic growth and job creation.

Solving Public Problems

6 case studies


Open data is playing an increasingly important role in solving big public problems, primarily by allowing citizens and policymakers access to new forms of data-driven assessment of the problems at hand. It also enables data-driven engagement producing more targeted interventions and enhanced collaboration.

Impact Depends on Four Factors

Yet there are challenges that must be overcome for Open Data projects to reach their highest potential


Lack of technical and human capacity at both the supply and demand side of open data hampers its impact


Open data could be significantly more impactful if its release would be complemented with a commitment to act upon insights generated


Opening up data poses risks, notably to privacy and security, that if not mitigated properly can have harmful consequences


Inadequate or unsustained resource allocation is one of the most common reasons for limited success or outright failure

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The Global Impact of Open Data

Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World

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