A year ago, the Open Data Barometer: 2013 global report ranked the UK as the overall global leader in open data readiness. We played an important part in achieving that ranking, as we are responsible for information policy for public sector bodies, and for promoting open data and the Open Government Licence (OGL). Our work reflects the larger government strategy to use open data to promote transparency and accountability to the public, and to promote re-use of public sector information for economic and social gains.
But we aren‚Äôt just about policy ‚Äď we are involved at a core level with open data. We archive datasets from central government, and undertake quality assurance for www.data.gov.uk
The Barometer was a collaboration between the Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute. It analysed the readiness, implementation and impact of open government data status and initiatives in 77 countries. Leading countries for open data readiness were:
4¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† New Zealand
5 =¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Denmark and Norway
Our scores were a fantastic 100% for readiness, 100% for implementation, and nearly 80% for impact (second only to the USA‚Äôs 100%).
Source: Open Data Barometer: 2013 global report (page 27).