Citadel announces global ‘Local Open Data’ findings

Citadel on the Move has released the results of an intensive 3-year global outreach effort that has helped over 120 local government organisations around the world open and use government data.

Citadel on the Move is a 4M Euro EU-funded Smart City project which has developed a range of new open source tools that make it easier for all governments, especially the small ones, to open data and unlock smart city innovation.

The first key finding regards the level of ‘Open Data Maturity’ of cities:

  • 17% had no previous contact with Open Data (no data was public available)
  • 24% had little experience of Open Data (some data but no city portal or systematic release)
  • 47% had some experience of Open Data (a city portal or systematic release but no clear policy on Open Data publication & updates)
  • 12% had advanced experience of Open Data (a portal or systematic release and a policy of Open Data publication & updates)

The research also found that only 10% of cities had no publically-accessible Open Data portal.

Dr. Julia Glidden, President & Founder of 21c Consultancy and key strategic advisor to the project, said: ‘’Over the past 3 years, Citadel on the Move has embarked on an extensive global outreach campaign to engage local authorities everywhere. During the course of this work, we realised that we were not only helping to unlock local government data on a unprecedented scale, but were also uncovering a treasure trove of new findings about the local open data landscape.  From level of experience through to the most popular data formats, Citadel on the Move has revealed a unique snapshot about global open data trends at the local level.”

Click here to view the full report.

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