A huge study, organized by the inventor of the web, has ranked the world’s best nations at sharing their government data with citizens. Does the United States top the list? Well, almost. It comes in a close second to the United Kingdom, in the list compiled by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation.
Cape Town's new open data portal aims to enhance transparency and accountability, as well as improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille said at the launch. The Open Data Portal, which makes public sector data available to the public at no charge and in usable formats, is "another bold stride that we are taking to create an enabling environment which will attract investment that generates economic growth and creates jobs", De Lille said.
Montreal wants to be one of the world’s smartest cities, and it will start by offering free public Internet, encouraging citizen involvement and improving services on the web. Harout Chitilian, vice-president of the city’s executive committee, laid out five main targets: Urban mobility, Digital resident services, Living environment, Transparency, Economic development.
OpenGov is attempting to capitalize on growing pressure for financial transparency, coinciding with a federal “open data” movement encouraging governments to share more information with the public.
Governments that make data available online see an unexpected benefit, Miami lawyer Justin Wales said: increased local tech talent. "By allowing data sets to remain open and free and readable, you're basically giving local developers a tool to make our community a better place," said Wales, a First Amendment attorney at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.