The Global Data Barometer will provide global index tracking the data revolution. It will provide essential data to understand the state of data for development, open data implementation, data for AI, and data justice across the globe. Through a county-level expert survey, combined with carefully selected secondary data, it will provide actionable insights on: data governance; on capabilities for data use; on the availability of key datasets; and on data use and impacts

Without good data, it is almost impossible to gain a comparative understanding of country and regional performance in engaging responsibly with the power of data.

A comparative global index provides insights into where the opportunities and threats, and helps governments, civil society and business engage in dialogue about policy and practice reforms. Drill-down metrics that can show the policy frameworks, data availability, and uptake, in particular sectors, can help direct global advocacy and action, and act as a benchmark for policy makers and funders to track progress towards shared goals. 

The design of the Global Data Barometer will build on five editions of the successful Open Data Barometer (ODB) study, but will take a broader look at different approaches to data sharing and use, including giving additional attention to issues of privacy, gender and inclusion, and policies and data use related to emerging Artificial Intelligence technologies. It will provide a time series compatible with the ODB to respond to ongoing governmental demand for benchmarks to inform and monitor data policies, and it will provide full open quantitative and qualitative data to drive independent research. 

In addition to producing its own flagship report, the GDB will take an academically rigorous and user-centred design approach, to identify and capture key indicator data for other studies.

Development process

Discussions for the creation of the Global Data Barometer began at the Open Government Partnership global summit in Ottawa in May 2019.

With support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the research team of the Open Government Partnership, the study should be in the field in early 2021.

To find out more, or to get involved, contact the project director, Tim Davies:

The team

Project Director: Tim Davies

As open data research coordinator with the World Wide Web Foundation, he pioneered the creation of the Open Data Barometer, and led formation of the Open Data Research network, publishing widely on the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries and on open data and democracy. He recently co-edited The State of Open Data, working with over 60 collaborators to review a decade of open data practice. He was a co-founder of Open Data Services Co-operative, and has developed and supported adoption of technical data standards in use across the world. Tim has also worked on issues of Internet governance, and has studied at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Southampton Web Science Institute, and Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Director of Strategy & Partnerships: Veronica Cretu

Veronica has an established track record working in open government, open data, AI and Internet Governance.  As a former civil society steering committee member of the OGP, Veronica has been serving as an envoy to the OGP since 2016. Veronica acted as national researcher for two editions of the Open Data Barometer, and has contributed to several papers on open data and open government for the European Public Sector Information reuse platform. Based in Austria, where she co-founded the Innovating Governance Association, Veronica has worked with countries across the Eastern Partnership and the Balkans, as well as undertaking projects in Nepal and Liberia. She is currently a member of Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence, where she is focused on the issue of multi-stakeholder consultations on AI, the design and application of AI, based on the access to data, human rights, democracy and the rule of law principles. Veronica received her MA in contemporary diplomacy from the University of Malta and took further postgraduate studies in Diplomacy and IT there. She is a graduate of short term courses from Georgetown University, Harvard University Center for International Development and DiploFoundation.

Senior Research Lead: Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson is a linguistic anthropologist and scholar of digital science and technology studies, with a longstanding focus on government transparency. Conducting research across English, Arabic, and Japanese, she investigates topics such as government adoption of digital technologies, global platform governance, parody, harassment, and software localization. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, The Japan Foundation, the National Freedom of Information Coalition, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others. She regularly presents her research at conferences and publishes in academic journals. In addition, her research and analysis have been featured in the Boston Globe, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, The Globe and Mail, Motherboard, Spiegel Online, and The Washington Post. She holds a PhD from MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society and is a past fellow and current research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Research and Data Lead: Nicolás Grossman

Nicolás is a sociologist and journalist specialized in Open Data and GIS. For more than 6 years he has led the Open Data and Data Journalism strategy of Properati, one of the most recognized private sector platforms using open data in Latin America. In addition to writing widely, including for the OGP, he has participated as a speaker at numerous open data events in Argentina and Latin America and has provided data journalism workshops to prominent journalists from the most important newsrooms in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. In 2018 he founded, a web tool that contributes to transparency in Argentina by connecting information about companies, political parties and governments. The platform is used every week by dozens of journalists and researchers and when launched secured media headlines through a joint investigation on private interests influence on government. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and is concluding his Master’s studies in International Political Sociology at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) studying big data and AI challenges and risks from the perspective of less developed countries.

Partner Organisation

Organisationally, the Global Data Barometer is based with our strategic partner ILDA – the Latin America Open Data Initiative with oversight from Dr Silvana Fumega and Ana Sofia Ruiz, and advisory support from Dr Fabrizio Scrollini.

Regional hubs

We will be working with a network of regional hubs, drawing on the OD4D network and wider partnerships.


We will be working with a network of regional and sectoral partners, including the Open Government Partnership, Land Portal, Open Contracting Partnership, Open Ownership, Open Data Charter, Open Knowledge Foundation and Transparency International.

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We are currently developing a broad advisory group for the project, including our early advisory team:

Joseph Foti (Open Government Partnership, US). Joseph is Chief Research Officer at the Open Government Partnership. He has over eight years of experience in assessing good governance and sustainable development. Prior to his work at OGP, he worked as a Senior Associate for the Access Initiative, a network led by the World Resources Institute (WRI). During his time at WRI, he helped to develop a number of indicator-based toolkits to assess access to information, public participation, and access to justice for matters affecting the environment. In particular, he led work in Latin America, work on poverty and open government, as well as citizen participation in climate change adaptation policy. He was the lead author on a number of papers and reports, including “Voice and Choice Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy” and “A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Decisions for Development and Environment.”

Michael Canares (Step Up Consulting, The Phillipines). Michael is a graduate of law and accountancy. He has an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and has worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, AusAID, and in research projects funded by the United Nations Development Program, more recently with the International Development Research Center. Michael was formerly research manager at the World Wide Web Foundation, and contributed to the Open Data Barometer. 

Silvana Fumega (ILDA, Argentina). Silvana Fumega is Research and Policy Lead of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA). She holds a PhD on open government and freedom of Information policies (University of Tasmania, Australia). She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Silvana is an active contributor to work on data and gender rights, and to the Open Government Partnership.

Fabrizio Scrollini (ILDA, Uruguay). Fabrizio Scrollini is the executive director of the Open Data Latin American Initiative (ILDA) and chairman of DATA Uruguay, a civic association based in Uruguay that builds civic technology to promote human development. He is co-founder of Abrelatam and the Open Data Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked with governments, regulators and civil society at international and regional level on transparency, access to public information, open data projects and public sector reform. He holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Katie Clancy (IDRC, Canada). Katie is the lead for the Open Data for Development Network and program officer focusing on issues relating to Technology and Innovation at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. She also contributes to the AI for Development research network, and Feminist Open Government initiative. 

Fernando Perini (IDRC, Latin America). Fernando is the Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Montevideo, Uruguay. He joined IDRC in Montevideo in 2007 as part of the Connectivity and Equity in the Americas program. He subsequently joined the Information and Network team in Ottawa in 2012. As senior program specialist of the Network and Economies program, in recent years he has contributed to several strategic IDRC initiatives, including open data for development, feminist open government, and artificial intelligence for development. Fernando has extensive international experience as a researcher, consultant, and lecturer, and holds a PhD from the University of Sussex (Science Policy Research Unit) in the management of technology and innovation.

Ania Calderon (Open Data Charter, Mexico). Ania is the Executive Director of the Open Data Charter, a collaboration between governments and expert organisations working to open up data, based on a shared set of global principles. From 2012-2016, she served as General Director for the National Digital Strategy, delivering a key presidential mandate for the Open Data Policy in Mexico. In that role, she established data literacy and capacity building programs across more than 200 public institutions, developed tools and platforms to enable the release of standardised data, built channels to increase the ability of citizens to inform data release and started a national open data network of over 40 cities working to improve service delivery. 

Maurice McNaughton (Caribbean Open Institute, Jamaica). Maurice is an Engineering Graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a PhD in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University. He has over 20 years senior management and leadership experience in the planning and direction of enterprise-level Information Technology in organisations and is currently Director of the Centre of Excellence for IT-enabled innovation at the Mona School of Business & Management, University of the West Indies.