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Executive Summary

In this decade, an increasing number of public-sector organizations have embraced open data as a way to boost visibility into government decision-making and performance. It is clear that open data has the potential to generate economic and social value far beyond the core benefits of transparency. The results of this study confirm that open data is growing quickly, that governments throughout the country have already realized the benefits of open data, and that open data will be a primary tool for governments to interact with their many stakeholders.

What Is Open Data?

Open data is a growing industry built around the concept of collecting, organizing, and publishing data to be consumed by a range of audiences. Making data open is the act of taking any government-collected or aggregated data; from government financial assets, to the number of water fountains in Manhattan, to the vast database of the US Census— and providing it to users for them to consume, manipulate, and create from. In other words, open data makes data transparent, helps people using the data to become more efficient, and sparks creativity from those employing the data for any number of uses.

2014 Open Data Benchmark Report

The study, sponsored by Socrata, was designed to better understand the current attitudes and opinions on open data among publishers and users of open data. The study asks respondents from governments throughout the United States a series of questions about open data in their organizations, and respondents from the private sector about open data from the user perspective. The questions cover a wide range of open data aspects including policy, philosophy and approach, benefits and impacts, and an evaluation of government performance on providing this data. The study also asks open data users’ questions about their use of and government’s ability to provide open data.

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