Announcing the Beta Launch of the Open Data Impact Map

This article is cross-posted from the International Open Data Conference Blog.

Today, we are proud to announce the beta launch of the Open Data Impact Map a project of Center for Open Data Enterprise, as part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network. The Map is a searchable centralized database of hundreds of open data use cases from over 50 countries. The Map includes examples from the Center’s research, previous studies, and a growing network of 18 Regional Supporters in 18 countries who are helping to collect use cases.

The Map visualization allows you to view the world of open data use cases in a way that has not been possible before. You can begin with a global view showing the location of different organizations and zoom in to see how open data is being used in a particular region, country, or city. You can also use the Map’s filters to visualize the organizations that use open data to help improve agriculture, or education, or operate in any number of other sectors. Other filters let you view these use cases by type of organization (for-profit, nonprofit, or developer group for example), by the type of data they use, and so on.

The Map is designed to support other researchers’ work and analysis. You can view all of the data in tabular form and sort by each column. However you use the filters, the stats tab will show you the total number of countries and organizations that you are viewing. And of course, all of this data is available for download as a CSV or JSON file.

The Open Data Impact Map gives policy makers, international organizations, open data advocates, researchers, and entrepreneurs a central place to search through the many ways open data is being used around the globe. Through collaboration and information sharing, we can not only create this Map together – we can also identify and share different experiences, examples, and best practices in open data use.

We encourage you to check out the Map, fill out the survey to add information about your own organization, and talk to the Open Data Enterprise team at our conference booth or afterward to learn more about this initiative and how you can contribute to this global resource.

To view the Map visit: www.opendataenterprise.org/map.

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