Global Data Barometer
A critical new benchmark on country-level data governance, data availability, and data use for the public good. Tracking the data revolution, and providing the evidence needed to guide future action.
The first edition of the Global Data Barometer will be released in late 2021, providing data and analysis built around four components.
We will survey the policies in place to enable a trustworthy public data ecosystem, asking which countries have the foundations in place for responsible and effective data collection and use?
We will be mapping the capabilities of governments, civil society and the private sector to collect, manage, share and use data asking which countries are ready to realise the benefits, and manage the risks, of the data revolution?
We will assess the availability, openness and features of a wide range of public datasets, seeking to understand the state of national data infrastructures. We’ll be asking which countries are ensuring that high quality public data is available and usable?
Use and impact
We will capture evidence on how far data is being put to use to deliver social goods, meet grand challenges, and navigate risks, asking which countries are making the most of their public data resources?
Data for development
Inclusion, gender & diversity
Emerging AI practices
Taking a global view
A network of regional research hubs and country expert researchers. Delivering evidence across language and cultural boundaries. A globally relevant indicator set, with a rigorous methodology.
“Data for the public good cannot be studied in the abstract. Data is always about something. The appropriate ways to govern, provide, and use any dataset will depend on the people, problems, and potential that it relates to. We look to identify exemplar categories of data within broad thematic areas.”
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Building on the Open Data Barometer, but going beyond
The first edition of the Global Data Barometer will provide a set of Open Data Barometer comparable indicators, allowing countries to benchmark their open data process from 2013 to today.
But the Global Data Barometer is much broader – looking at data collaboratives, use of algorithms, and the evolving landscape of data and development.
Draft research framework and design workshop.
July 2020 – February 2021
Study design and consultation.
January – March 2021
Recruiting and training global research team.
March – June 2021
Expert survey and review. Secondary data collection.
Study analysis and report launch.