The Open Data Impact Map, an ambitious effort to map the uses of open government data around the world, was one of CODE’s first projects after our launch in 2015. The Open Data Map, a project of the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), is a public database of organizations that use open government data from around the world. CODE developed the Map to provide governments, international organizations, and researchers with a more comprehensive understanding of the demand for open data. By mapping how these organizations use open data, we can better identify, get feedback on, and improve the most valuable government datasets.
The Map includes more than 1600 cross-sectoral organizations from 90 countries that use open government data for advocacy, to develop products and services, improve operations, inform strategy, and conduct research. It has been supported by funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the World Bank.
The Open Data Impact Map was the basis for one of the first comprehensive reports on the uses of open data worldwide, which CODE published in 2016. Our analysis of the Impact Map data showed that the most common types of data used across sectors and regions were government operations, geospatial, and demographic and social data. Additionally, we found that organizations use open data in four main ways:
The Open Data Impact Map has helped shape an understanding of data use and government data’s potential. As the global value of open data has become more widely recognized, CODE is continuing to manage the Map and explore potential collaborations. We welcome ideas for the Map and for collaboration at email@example.com.