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Why should data be open?

Data challenges us to see what's around us. It enables us to understand how our experiences may be different from others. Although numbers alone don't solve anything, they're a vital piece of the puzzle and working with data is often a good first step to understanding a situation's context and complexity.

What is Open Data?

Open Data is non-personal data that everyone can use and share. It supports and enables exploration, insight and invention of better products and services that improve everyday life and encourage business growth. Research shows that open data has a significant impact in these 4 key areas:

  • improving government
  • empowering citizens
  • creating opportunity
  • solving problems