Open Data Impact Map

The Open Data Impact Map is a public database of open data use cases from around the world.
Explore the beta version of the map and stay tuned for our full launch in 2016.


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Do you represent an organization that uses open data? Take our survey to be displayed on the Open Data Impact Map.

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About the Map

The Open Data Impact Map is a public database of open data use cases from around the world. It is a collaborative effort that draws on previous studies, examples from an international network of Regional Supporters, an online survey, and thorough research. By bringing these many examples together in a centralized platform, the Map makes it possible to filter, compare, analyze, and study the wide range of use cases for open data. The Map is now in beta and will be officially launched in 2016; it will be continuously maintained and updated.  

The Open Data Impact Map is intended to:

  • Demonstrate the value of open government data in a range of applications;
  • Identify key trends and best practices in open data use; and
  • Provide a basis for further analysis of the impact of open data globally.

The Map is made possible by the open data community. We invite feedback and input so we can continue to develop the Map through an iterative process. We also encourage other researchers to analyze and share data from the Map for further insights. The data can be downloaded in machine readable formats.

The Open Data Impact Map is supported with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Network.



The Open Data Impact Map includes organizations that:

  • are companies, non-profits, or developer groups; and
  • use open government data for advocacy, to develop products and services, improve operations, inform strategy and/or conduct research.

We define open data as publicly available data that is produced or commissioned by governments and that can be accessed and reused by anyone, free of charge. The Map does not include examples that use data only from non-governmental sources such as social media, or user-generated data.

Data Collection

The Center for Open Data Enterprise collects information from multiple sources, then reviews, harmonizes, and curates all data before it is displayed on the Map. We collect open data use cases in three ways:

  • ONLINE & MOBILE SURVEY: A web-based and mobile survey allows organizations using open data to provide information directly for the Map. The GovLab’s Open Data 500 studies have helped inform our survey-based approach.
  • REGIONAL SUPPORTERS: The Map’s global network of Regional Supporters (listed below) contribute examples and provide ongoing insights based on their work and local expertise.
  • RESEARCH: The Center’s research team identifies and curates examples from publicly available sources, interviews, and publications. The team also draws on a number of existing studies and aggregations of open data uses, including: The World Bank’s Pipeline research project ‘Open data driven companies in emerging markets’; The Sunlight Foundation’s ‘Social Impact of Open Data’ project; studies published as part of the Open Data Research Network; The GovLab at NYU’s Open Data 500 studies; and Open Data Institute's study, Open data means business: UK innovation across sectors and regions.

The data can be downloaded from the Map visualization page in machine readable formats.


The Open Data Impact Map is designed to be a resource for further analysis of the impact of open data globally. It is not in itself an attempt to rate, assess, or quantify the economic or social value of open data, nor does it provide a random or representative sample of use cases. While the Center for Open Data Enterprise reviews information submitted before publication, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all entries.

Regional Supporters

The Center for Open Data Enterprise thanks our Regional Supporters for their contribution to the Open Data Impact Map. Their unique insights and the examples they provide are critical to the success of this initiative. Our supporters help make the map a truly global view of the uses of open data.

The Open Data Impact Map, a project of the Center for Open Data Enterprise as part of the OD4D network, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License