News Ticker

Measuring Commitment to Open Data

Research finds significant variation in G8 commitment to open data

The UK is leading the G8 nations as the most committed to the principles of open data, according to new research by the Centre for Data Innovation.

Whilst all eight nations have released an Open Data Action plan and created a national data portal, there is significant variation in commitment to supporting open data, according to the Open Data in the G8 report. Only “the United States and Italy have created policies with strong commitments to releasing data openly by default, while others such as Canada and the UK have only adopted voluntary guidelines (and) France, Germany, Japan and Russia have not committed to this principle”.

At the 2013 G8 Summit, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the UK, the US and Russia committed to an Open Data Charter, agreeing to implement open data principles by December 2015.

The Centre for Data Innovation has ranked the eight nations on their commitment to the five principles of open data, rating the UK as the most committed, with Canada and the US coming an equal second place.

Nations were scored out of 100 for well they met each of the five principles in the G8 Open Data Charter, receiving a maximum of 20 points per principle:

United Kingdom – 90
United States – 80
Canada – 80
France – 65
Italy – 35
Japan – 30
Germany – 25
Russia – 5

The report highlighted that whilst some countries are still facing technical barriers to opening data, such as metadata and licensing issues, and suggested that it is unnecessary for countries to build their own data portals from scratch or develop their own data licencing models, when a number of “robust and internationally supported” platforms already exist.

Read the full report Open Data in the G8.

Access the Open Data Charter.