Gearing up for the launch of the Global Open Data Index survey

The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is one of our core projects at Open Knowledge International. The index measures and benchmarks the openness of government data around the world, and presents this information in a way that is easy to understand and easy to use.

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It’s been a couple months since we updated the community on what’s up with the Global Open Data Index. We decided it was time to let everyone know what has kept us busy in the last months.

We changed the methodology for how we’ll measure the submissions for this year. If you want to read more about these changes, we previously wrote a blog post with more details here. The key takeaway is that we are changing some of the questions to make them more understandable and easier to fill even if the submitter is not an advanced user of open data.

We want this edition of the index to be the best yet; because of this, we redesigned the UI and UX of the survey. We expect this redesign will make every participant as happy as us and will invite more people to contribute no matter their expertise in open data to participate.

In order to be successful and have even more submissions than last year we rely on our fantastic Community. Right now we are contacting everyone who has submitted to the index in previous years and finding the people and organizations that want to assess their government’s openness in new countries, even if we didn’t have information from them before.

We expect to launch the survey by November which we know is right around the corner, but we want to make sure we have as many people as possible participating. So if for any reason we haven’t contacted you and you are interested in submitting or reviewing information for this year’s index in your country, please drop me a line at oscar.montiel@okfn.org and I’ll make sure you are able to assess your country’s openness.