In terms of making government data open, New Zealand stands out as a top performer. New Zealand is ranked 8th in Global Open Data Index (GODI). Global Open Data Index published by Open Knowledge Internation (OKI) is a ‘national’ indicator. GODI measures the openness of clearly defined catagories. GODI is a comparative indicator and assesses open government data that has proven to be useful for public.
“On the basis evaluation of data category as defined by methodology, New Zealand has scored 68% and is ranked 8th.”
Open Knowledge International is a global non-profit network that promotes and shares information at no charge, including both content and data.
GODI’s methodology to score countries is available on their website. The data categories where openness is evaluated is briefly described as below:
1. Budget: The planned government expenditure for the upcoming year.
2. Spending: Records of actual (past) national government spending at transaction level.
3. Procurement: All tenders and awards of the national/ federal government aggregated by office
4. Election Result: This category looks at results of all major national electoral contests. Election data informs about the voting outcomes and voting process.
5. Company Registered: List of registered Limited Liabilities & Companies registered.
6. Land Ownership: Maps of land with parcel layer that displays boundaries.
7. National Maps: A geographical map of the country including national traffic routes, stretches of water and makings of heights.
8. Administrative Boundaries: Data on administrative units or areas defined for the purpose of administration.
9. Locations: A database of postcodes/ zip codes and the corresponding spatial location in terms of latitude and longitude.
10. National Statistics: Key national statistic on demographic and economic indicators such as GDP, Unemployment Rate
11. Draft Legislation: Data about the bills discussed within national parliament as well as voting on bills.
12. National Law: This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online.
13. Air Quality: Data about the daily mean concentration of air pollutants, especially those potentially harmful to human health.
14. Water Quality: The quality of designated water sources or environmental water sources(lakes, rivers, ground water).
Let us have a look at New Zealand’s score on Global Open Data Index. The indicators are defined below. Green color of indicator on data category means that OKI qualifies the data category as open, and red color means the data category fails to qualify as open.
Basis evaluation by Open Knowledge International, New Zealand’s score as publish is presented as under.
New Zealand has 0% Openness score on Government Spending and Land Ownership, whereas Governement Budget and Administrative Boundaries are fully open.
New Zealand is a member country of OGP (Open Government Partnership), and has developed an action plan (2016-2018) with public consultation.