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.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council has issued a resolution with regards to the formation of the 'Dubai Open Data Committee'.
The number of opportunities created by free data is astounding. Just take a look at Open Data 500, a review of U.S. companies using government data to innovate and solve problems. Companies involved in fields ranging from health care to climate modeling have already tapped into the potential from open government data.
Open government data can drive a lot of value for citizens — from innovation and entrepreneurial startups to cost savings, building public trust and creating transparency. A McKinsey & Company report last year estimated the value of open data to the economy at more than $3 billion.