Open data still a closed case in Australia, global study reveals

Australia is lagging on open data, according to a new global study — but so is nearly everyone else. Government budgets and company information are being kept hidden.

Australia has fallen three places to 10th in the latest world open data rankings, according to a report by Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation.

Despite many governments announcing they would move towards becoming “open by default” over the past few years, the 86-country study argues “there is still a long way to go to put the power of data in the hands of citizens”.

The United Kingdom once again emerged as the world leader in open data, while the United States and Sweden — numbers two and three respectively — maintained their positions from 2013. Although Australia’s raw score increased slightly, it was overtaken by Canada, the Netherlands and France.

New Zealand placed equal fourth.

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