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Launch of the State of Open Data Policy Online Repository

A new collection of policies around open data and data collaboration around the world.

Posted on 19th of January 2023 by Marine Ragnet, Andrew Zahuranec

Today, the Open Data Policy Lab is happy to announce the launch of its latest online resource: The State of Open Data Policy Repository, a collection of recent policy developments surrounding open data, data reuse, and data collaboration around the world. 

A refinement of compilation of policies launched at the Open Data Policy Summit last year, the State of Open Data Policy Online Repository is an interactive resource that looks at recent legislation, directives, and proposals that affect open data and data collaboration all around the world. It captures what kinds of data collaboration issues policy makers are currently focused on and where the momentum for data innovation is heading in countries around the world.

Users can filter policies according to region, country, focus and type of data sharing. The review currently surfaced approximately 60 examples of recent legislative acts, proposals, directives, and other policy documents, from which the Open Data Policy Lab draws findings about the need to promote more innovative policy frameworks.

This collection shows that, despite increased interest in the third wave conception of open data, policy development remains nascent. It is primarily concerned with open data repositories at the expense of alternative forms of collaboration. Most policies listed focus on releasing government data and, elsewhere, most nations still don't have open data rules or a method to put the policies in place. 

This work reveals a pressing need for institutions to create frameworks that can direct data professionals since there are worries that inaction may both allow for misuse of data and lead to missed chances to use data.

As new advancements are discovered or made known to us, the repository will be updated. If you see any policies not listed or have any ideas for improvements we can make to the repository, please let us know at [email protected]

We look forward to your feedback.

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