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The global "open" pulse from the 2014 Open Data Index

Opensource.com - Open Knowledge's recent publication of the 2014 Open Data Index shows slow progress by governments in opening up key data. Overall the level of "open" is down to 11% from 15% a year ago.

"The Global Open Data Index measures and benchmarks the openness of data around the world, and then presents this information in a way that is easy to understand and use. This increases its usefulness as an advocacy tool and broadens its impact."

The OKF defines “open” in the context of this report as a data set which adheres to the open definition standard as open. The current definition of "open" per OpenDefinition.org can be summarized as "open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose." In spite of the drop in overall "openness" in 2014, there are some bright spots in the report: