May 21, 2022

Now Available: The State of Open Government Data in 2017 Report

Released today by Open Knowledge International.

From the Report:

This is Knowledge International’s first State of Open Government Data report. Based on key findings from our work on the Global Open Data Index (GODI) 2016/17, it outlines the obstacles to open government data publication, and suggests steps that will allow progress in the field of open data.


From Section 2.1 of the report. The library community has the skills and experience to take the lead and help reduce fundability issues.

2.1 Data is hard (or even impossible) to find  

Imagine searching for a book among poorly labelled library shelves. To find the right book, a great deal of searching and persistence would be needed. Nowadays we continue to search in public information experiencing similar findability problems, but across many more archives available online. Improving findability of data is crucial for everyone. If even open data experts struggle to find the relevant data, who else would be able to?

Read the Complete Report (15 pages; PDF)

Also released today, an updated edition Global Open Data Index.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.