Data Maturity, Part 3 – The Rest of the World

Singapore’s Dengue Cluster Map –

Over the last three weeks in this blog I’ve talked about open data maturity in U.S. Federal Agencies, in the European Union as measured by the Open Data Barometer and in the EU as measured by a Capgemini report. Today I want to conclude this “mini series” by looking at how the rest of the world is doing with data maturity.

Rather than look at scorecard-type metrics only today, I want to take a look at the Open Data Impact Case Studies done by NYU’s GovLab in September 2015. These case studies emphasize the fact that behind each data point or data set is a person. They give concrete and specific examples of successful programs from around the world. Opening data can, does and will continue to directly improve lives around the world. Opening and using data solves societal problems in new and creative ways.

The GovLab case studies include 19 examples from around the world, 10 of which are from countries other than the U.S. or European Union countries. The examples run the gamut of data types: Brazil – Open Budget Transparency Portal, Canada –T3010 Charity Information Return Data, Indonesia – Kawal Pemilu, Mexico – Mejora Tu Escuela, New Zealand – Christchurch Earthquake GIS Clusters, Sierra Leone – Battling Ebola, Singapore – Dengue Cluster Map, Tanzania – and Uruguay – A Tu Servicio.

Brazil’s Open Budget Transparency Portal has created an environment for easier citizen and journalist engagement with government, has 900,000 unique visitors each month and has led to a 25% reduction in government credit card spending. Canada’s T3010 Charity Information Return Data creates an environment for charities to be more accountable and potential donors to make more informed decisions. Indonesia’s Kawal Pemilu used crowdsourcing to aggregate 2014 presidential election voting data and make it available electronically for about $10. (Kenya’s Open Duka project doesn’t appear to have a measurable impact at the time of this post but was included by GovLab in their case studies.)

Mexico’s Mejora Tu Escuela receives 40,000 unique visits a day and has started an important conversation between parents, schools and the government. Researchers in Senegal were given cell phone data to model travel patterns of people in West Africa as a way to focus on preventative measures to prevent Ebola spreading. Singapore’s Dengue Cluster Map was a contributing factor for 45% less cases of dengue between January-May 2015. Tanzania’s provides school and student performance data from 2004-2013. Finally, Uruguay’s A Tu Servicio provides a one-stop shop for health data.

I want to conclude this worldwide data maturity analysis with the Open Government Partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism, which lists 28 non-US/ non-EU countries with 958 open government and open data 

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