Open Data’s Impact

Open Data is Changing the World in Four Ways


Improving Government

13 case studies


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

Empowering Citizens

7 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

9 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

8 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 a Number of Factors

Periodic Table of Open Data Elements

Based on the existing literature and case studies, we have developed a Periodic Table of Open Data Elements detailing the enabling conditions and disabling factors that often determine the impact of open data initiatives.

Collection Reports

The Global Impact of Open Data

Open Data in Developing Economies

Explore the Impact of Open Data around the world

Learn about our methodology


Open Data Policy Lab

Supporting decision-makers at the local, state and national levels as they accelerate the responsible re-use and opening of data for the benefit of society.

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