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Introduction

A well-executed open data platform can help to reform government and make it more efficient. This reports sets out what city governments need to do in order for that to happen.

Highlights

  • Use open data to cut costs and improve services.
  • Cities need to take responsibility for data quality.
  • Good presentation supports good use of open data.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies what city governments need to do with their data in order to set up effective open data platforms.
  • Demonstrates how open data can be used to reform city government in order to cut costs and improve services.

Key questions answered

  • What do local authorities need to do to successfully establish their own open data platforms?
  • How can open data be used to make city governments more efficient?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for governments

Use open data to cut costs and improve services

  • Open data informs policy, cuts waste, and shares good practice
  • Open data supports data-based policy-making
  • Transparency exposes waste
  • Open data helps identify best practice

Cities need to take responsibility for data quality

  • Good data handling is essential
  • Bad data is costly
  • Don’t rely on volunteers to do your job for you
  • Data can and should be managed locally
  • National governments should support poor cities’ open data initiatives
  • Be honest about data quality – even bad data should be open

Good presentation supports good use of open data

  • Presentation matters
  • Data must be machine-readable and human-readable
  • Visualization makes data more accessible

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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