The Global Open Data Index attempts to make sense of the explosion in open government data portals, which have grown from just a handful three years ago to nearly 400 worldwide. Open Knowledge surveyed ten key data sets that impact transparency, accountability, and key services to citizens.
For the past three years, the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger by region and country, has been published as Linked Open Data (LOD). The GHI highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction and provides insights into the drivers of hunger, as well as food and nutrition insecurity.
Since the White House issued its open data policy in May 2013, federal agencies and state and local governments have been scrambling to make information more publicly available. The results this year were mixed, leading the Brookings Institute to question whether the initiative is useful or merely a data dump.
More than 200 high-level federal and state officials in India gathered on December 11 in New Delhi, for the India National Open Data and Open API Conference. The conference is organized by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the Government of India and National Informatics Centre (NIC).
A startup out of Las Vegas is trying to capitalize on a very difficult, and potentially very lucrative, opportunity within the internet of things. The company, called Terbine, wants to become a data broker for the world of connected devices by building a platform where companies can buy, sell and share the data their sensors are collecting.