On 19 October 2017 a newly published survey on "Open Government Data: Assessing demand around the world" was published. The research conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore sought to understand how citizens are using Open Government Data (OGD) and what benefits OGD is expected to bring to society. The research compared OGD uptake and usage across 10 countries: Australia, Finland, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and the UK.
The report highlights the increased value that the availability of OGD can provide for society, in particular the benefits and opportunities that OGD reuse can hold for citizens. As the research shows, citizens in many countries regularly access information related to transportation, environment and security via applications or platforms built on OGD. The research also underlines the importance of aligning OGD-based products and services with the interests, expectations and requirements of end-users. The report findings also shed light into the existing barriers in OGD use such as lack of the necessary technical skills, lack of awareness and lack of access to usable and relevant data.
For more information on the methodology and the key findings of the research, please consult the full report available here!