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Call for Researchers: Open Data Barometer

Web Foundation · May 21, 2015

The Open Data Barometer (ODB) aims to uncover the true prevalence and impact of open data initiatives around the world. It analyses global trends, and provides comparative data on countries and regions via an in ­depth methodology combining contextual data, technical assessments and secondary indicators to explore multiple dimensions of open data readiness, implementation and impact. The ODB forms part of the World Wide Web Foundation’s work on common assessment methods for open data.

You can apply now as a researcher for the 3rd edition of the ODB by filling in this short survey. We’ve extended the application deadline to 7 June 2015. We are looking for researchers for the following countries:

Argentina; Australia; Austria; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Denmark; Ecuador; Egypt; Estonia; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Haiti; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Korea (Republic of); Macedonia; Malawi; Malaysia; Mali; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nepal; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Russian Federation; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Slovak Republic; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States of America; Uruguay; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

Researchers will be asked to carry out research for each country they are assigned starting in June 2015 and covering:

  • Government readiness and support for open data;
  • Evidence on use and impacts of open data;
  • The availability of open data across 15 categories;

Researchers should have the ability to produce high quality results following the research handbook and providing strong desk research and web search skills; an understanding of open data; and working knowledge of the countries they are willing to research. Researchers should be proficient in both English and the official language of any country they opt to research. Reliable Internet connectivity is also required to perform the research tasks.

The results of the research will be entered into an online survey, and researchers may be asked to respond to questions from peer-reviews and other self-assessments after their submission of data. We estimate the time taken for research will be about 3 days per country researched. Researchers will be compensated per country covered.

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